HOUSTON – A Harris County sergeant received treatment Tuesday after touching a flyer laced with fentanyl, according to officials.
Investigators said the flyers were found about 1 p.m. on the windshields of about 12 vehicles parked on the street at the department’s 601 Lockwood Drive facility.
The sergeant removed one of the flyers from her windshield and later began feeling light-headed, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. She started driving herself to a hospital, but pulled over when she started feeling sick. A lieutenant met her and drove her to the Houston Northwest Medical Center.
It's the first time Gonzalez said he could remember the drug being weaponized.
“I was shocked because this is unprecedented,” said Daryl Shorter, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Baylor College of Medicine who specializes in addiction. “Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid medication ... used to treat very severe pain, post-operative, post-surgical pain. It’s similar to morphine, but it’s about 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.”
Images of the flyers included in the tweet showed they contained information about microwave tracking and sonic weapons, with “Attn: FBI, police, firemen” and “Attn: Police & Firemen” written in bold print at the top. They also included the logo of a group called Targeted Justice.