In East Liverpool, Ohio, Officer Chris Green was responding to what he thought would be a routine traffic stop at 9pm on Friday night.
He witnessed a 25 year old man, Justin Buckle, perform a drug transaction in the car. That is when officers blocked the car to keep both Buckle and his passenger, 24-year old Cortez Collins, from trying to get away.
The men quickly scrambled to get rid of any drug-related evidence in their car. Police found white powder all over the men as well as the inside of the vehicle. It was all over their shoes, their clothes, the car seat and the car floor.
Officer green wore gloves and a mask while searching the vehicle, but some of it got onto his clothes, which went undetected. When he got to the police station, he casually tried to brush the powder off.
The powder is believed to be Fentanyl, which is very powerful in small doses. When he brushed it off of his clothes, he made it airborne and that is how it entered his system.
He was found passed out an hour later at the police station. Luckily, he survived the situation.
An hour later, Green passed out at the station. Police believe the powder was Fentanyl. It’s a very powerful drug that is often mixed with heroin. The drug can get into the body just by touching it, and a small amount can be lethal. “They called an ambulance for him and the ambulance responded for him,” Wright said. “They gave him one dose of Narcan here and then transported him to East Liverpool City Hospital, where they gave him three additional doses of Narcan.” Wright said Green was doing fine as of Sunday. Officer Chris Green responded to a traffic stop just before 9 p.m., a police report said.
Officers said they witnessed Justin Buckle, 25, perform a drug transaction in the car, and officers blocked the car to keep Buckle and passenger Cortez Collins, 24, from attempting a getaway. “Once they got blocked in, they tried to dispose of the evidence in the vehicle,” Captain Patrick Wright of the East Liverpool Police, told WKBN. “There was white powder on the seat, on the floor, on the guys’ shoes, and on his clothing,” he said. Police said Officer Green followed protocol for handling drugs and wore gloves and a mask as he searched the suspects’ vehicle. But when he got back to the station, another officer noticed Green had white powder on his shirt. “Just out of instinct, he tried to brush it off — not thinking,” Wright said.