Second dollar bill containing fentanyl found in Orange Beach, two officers exposed
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WKRG) – For the second time this summer in Orange Beach, fentanyl was discovered inside a folded dollar bill that had been dropped on the ground. This time it happened at the police station.
A security camera outside the Orange Beach Police Department captures a woman, identified as Sarah Dailey of Foley, leaving Sunday morning when something falls to the ground.
“She drops a wrapped dollar bill about that big. The officer who found it said it looked like origami with the dollar bill right there in the grass in front of the police department,” says Lt. Trent Johnson.
The dollar bill lay in the grass for about ten hours before an officer spotted it.
“When he opened it and realized there was powder inside, he threw it away,” Johnson says. “We called on the doctors to get checked out just as a precaution. He was fine. His supervisor came to the scene, checked the dollar bill, tested him, he tested positive for fentanyl and he was examined by doctors as well.
Dailey, 26, is now being held in Baldwin County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance and reckless endangerment.
Fentanyl is a very potent artificial opioid. Only a trace of fine powder can kill. Wrapping it in paper money is a new way to conceal it according to Johnson.
“If we’re dealing with someone and maybe the part of a dollar bill on the floor is crumpled up in their pocket, we might not think anything about it, or at least we wouldn’t have not done six weeks ago. Now, we consider that as potential narcotics paraphernalia as well.
“Now that it’s happened at least twice in Orange Beach, the warning couldn’t be louder. ‘If you find money bent on the floor, leave it alone,’ Johnson says.
Similar cases have been reported in Destin and at least two cities in Tennessee.