Authorities are investigating a possible deadly batch of heroin that has sickened individuals from the city and surrounding area, the Danville Police Department reports.
There are no known deaths associated with the overdoses, police wrote in a news release issued Wednesday afternoon.
Officials suspect the drugs may be laced with fentanyl — an opioid pain reliever — or similar substance. Fentanyl is up to 100 times more potent than morphine, police reported, citing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Family and friends notified Danville police of the overdoses and authorities started to investigate. As of Wednesday afternoon, police reported arresting one man suspected of “trafficking the batch of drugs contributing to the overdoses.” That suspect is identified as 28-year-old Damion Q. Reed, who is facing charges of intent to distribute marijuana and intent to distribute controlled substance.
Police stressed the investigation is continuing and there’s a “risk for anyone coming into contact with this batch of illegal drugs still exists.”
“The Danville Police Department is committed to maintaining a safe environment for all,” police wrote in the news release. Anyone with information can call the crime tip line at (434) 793-0000 or use the department’s through our CARE app.