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Sheriff’s Office releases terrifying video of Deputy’s response after exposure to fentanyl

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The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) released eye-opening body camera footage capturing a deputy’s terrifying response after his exposure to fentanyl. According to FCSO, Thursday’s incident unfolded when multiple 911 calls reported a reckless driver who had evaded an alleged hit-and-run.

The video first appears to show all the drugs confiscated on top of the hood of the car. Very quickly, the deputy goes to his colleague and says he just got really lightheaded, after which he is told to sit down and emergency medical services are called.

FCSO Deputy Nick Huzior exercised caution by wearing protective gear as he examined a powdery white substance during a routine traffic stop, according to News4JAX. Huzior experienced sudden illness and promptly enlisted Deputy First Class Kyle Gaddie’s assistance, the outlet reported.

Huzior can be heard saying that he had suspected marijuana, tested the marijuana and a white substance.

The deputy administers Narcan to his partner. He feels really dizzy, nauseous. They continue to monitor his symptoms and see how he progresses as time goes on after receiving Narcan. They say he may need a second dose.

Subsequent tests verified the presence of fentanyl in the substance he had been previously handling, per News4JAX.

Daily Caller reports:

Fentanyl is estimated to be 100 times more potent than morphine, and its exposure to individuals can occur through various means, according to the CDC.

Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly applauded Gaddie’s actions, highlighting the “dangers law enforcement face each and every day from poison on the streets.” “Thankfully our deputies are well trained and equipped with Narcan which allowed DFC Gaddie to potentially save the life of a fellow deputy,” Sheriff Staly continued.

The driver, identified as 61-year-old George Clemons, ultimately came to a halt near 15150 SR 11, where bystanders detained him until law enforcement arrived. Clemons faced charges of DUI and other drug-related offenses as authorities reportedly discovered narcotics and alcohol in his vehicle, according to FCSO.

The suspect remains in custody at Flagler County jail with a bond set at $25,000, News4JAX noted.

 

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Chinese Communist Party gives funding and tax rebates to fentanyl producers

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A 64-page report released Tuesday by the House Committee on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) states China has been subsidizing the manufacturing and exporting of illicit fentanyl precursor chemicals and other synthetic narcotics through tax rebates and other means.

“Many of these substances are illegal under the PRC’s own laws and have no known legal use worldwide,” the 64-page report states. “Like its export tax rebates for legitimate goods, the CCP’s subsidizing of illegal drugs incentivizes international synthetic drug sales from the PRC. The CCP has never disclosed this program.”

The bipartisan investigation was led by Chairman Mike Gallagher (R., Wis.) and Ranking Member Raja Krishnamoorthi (D., Ill.). Additional details were uncovered as to the extent of China’s role in the U.S. fentanyl epidemic, including that the CCP-run government gives monetary grants and awards to companies that illegally traffic fentanyl and other drugs.

National Review summarizes the report which also found that the CCP holds ownership interest in several Chinese companies tied to drug trafficking, impedes U.S.-led investigations into manufacturers producing fentanyl and precursors, allows the open sale of drugs on the Chinese internet, and fails to censor online content on narcotics set to be exported. Notably, the Chinese government censors content about domestic drug sales but not exported ones.

“These actions and omissions are abhorrent, violate the laws of nations, and have led to profound human suffering in the United States and around the world,” the report reads. “They also, as a factual matter, further the PRC’s strategic and economic interests.”

In his prepared opening remarks Tuesday morning, former U.S. attorney general Bill Barr called the months-long investigation and subsequent report “groundbreaking” as he testified before the congressional panel. “The Committee’s work has uncovered persuasive evidence that the PRC and CCP are not just bystanders; they are the prime movers,” Barr said. “They are knee deep in actively sponsoring, encouraging, and facilitating the production and export of fentanyl and fentanyl precursors for distribution in the United States.”

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