Three people in custody at the Hennepin County Jail survived overdosing on heroin that may have been laced with fentanyl, according to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.
A release from the attorney's office states that 33-year-old Eugene Olson, of Minneapolis, was booked into the county jail after failing to appear in court for two felony motor vehicle theft cases, and he somehow smuggled heroin into the jail and then gave it to at least three inmates, all of whom overdosed within 30 minutes of each other.
The first victim appeared before a judge last Wednesday, Sept,. 16, and after his hearing he "appeared to pass out, sliding slowly down the glass and ending on the floor," the release states.
The man was unconscious and having difficult breathing, and it took two shots of Narcan for him to regain consciousness, at which point he was transported to a hospital.
As that victim was being treated, another inmate was found in his cell suffering seizures. Again, Narcan was used to reverse the effects of the drug and he was taken to a hospital.
Not long after, a third victim who was being escorted from his cell complained about feeling unwell and started vomiting. Again, Narcan helped reverse the effects of the drug and he too was transported to a hospital.
Witness descriptions led authorities to Olson, who had hid the heroin, which he said was laced with fentanyl, in his belly button and buttocks, the release said.
Two of the victims said they thought they were taking Tylenol, which they received from Olson.
Olson has been charged two drug-related felonies and a gross misdemeanor for bringing an illegal drug into a jail.