Investigators searching for source of fake Percocet pills

Searching for source of fake percocet pills

Bibb-County investigators are still trying to piece together clues on the source of fake Percocet pills that killed several Central Georgians.

The next step is finding out who put the counterfeit pills on the street. Gabrielle Dawkins has that side of the story.

“It's nerve-wrecking that it can happen to people that I know,” said Smith.

Breanna Smith, a 23-year-old artist, says when she heard about the overdoses her initial thought was fear for her friends.

When asked what types of drugs her friends could be on, Smith said, "Any kind that you can hold in your hand."

That message of carelessness is what investigators like Lieutenant Michael Kenirey at the Bibb County Sheriff's office fear.

“When you go to somebody on the street and you buy something, you never know what you're buying,” said Kenirey.

Kenirey says around 10 people overdosed in Bibb County this month, but they're waiting on the toxicology reports to show which drugs those people were taking.

“It's primarily some older people that have taken the drug,” said Kenirey.

He says since the epidemic this month, they've received about 30 to 35 calls with clues on the source of the drug.

“Several tips have come in with information of who might have been distributing them, but we have not focused on one specific suspect,” said Kenirey.

The team looked at a couple of houses in the area as distribution locations.

The GBI says the fake Percocet pills contain a synthetic form of fentanyl.

“It's a dangerous drug. It's transdermal, so it's very dangerous,” said Kenirey.

He says that the drug is sold because it can be bought cheaper on the streets, but the big question is, "Where did it come from?"

For now, Smith is urging her friends to stay away from drugs.

Bibb County investigators says at this point they have no suspects.

Anyone with information on the case can call Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68 CRIME.

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