Harris County Sheriff’s Office issues advisory after employee poisoned by fentanyl laced flyer

Posted at 5:16 PM, Jun 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-29 14:31:35-04

A Harris County Sheriff’s Office member was hospitalized after coming in contact with flyers laced with fentanyl.  The Harris County Sheriff’s Office alerted the public via Twitter and then held a press conference this afternoon.  

According to Ed Gonzales with the Sheriff’s Office, a female employee left the Office building around 1 p.m. on Tuesday and went to her car.  When she arrived at her car, she removed flyers from her windshield.  While driving she began feeling lightheaded along with other symptoms.  She called for help and transported to a hospital.  During that time, investigators discovered that one of the flyers tested positive for fentanyl which is an opioid drug commonly used for anesthesia.  The victim is in stable condition and is being treated for symptoms.

Sheriff’s are working with the Harris County Fire Marshall’s, Houston Police and other agencies to determine if the Sheriff’s Office is the intended target and therefore an isolated incident or if the flyers are placed in other parts of the city.  Approximately 15-20 cars parked on the curb had flyers in the windshields.  Flyers were not placed on cars in the parking lot.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking everyone to be on high alert.