Fentanyl found in suspected dealer's house, investigators say

Jaycee Johnson, a suspected drug dealer, was released from jail last week after being arrested when police served a search warrant on his home.

Posted: Oct. 9, 2018 12:07 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Investigators found fentanyl and other drug paraphernalia in the house of a man police believe is tied to some of the recent heroin overdoses in Lane County, according to court documents.

Jaycee Johnson, a suspected drug dealer, was released from jail last week after being arrested when police served a search warrant on his home. A copy of the search warrant affidavit was filed in Lane County Circuit Court.

When police started seeing a multitude of heroin overdoses in Lane County -- 30 in the last few weeks -- they sent an informant to Johnson’s apartment in the 100 block of 17th Street, court documents said.

The informant told police Johnson was selling heroin and promoting it as being mixed with fentanyl, a stronger opioid that police believe led to the overdoses.

Police sent the informant to buy drugs from Johnson, and the person returned with a white, chunky substance in a bag. Police said it tested positive for fentanyl.

A few days later, police served the search warrant on the house, finding more fentanyl, along with heroin, methamphetamine, scales, plastic bags and a gun.

Prosecutors said they’re still awaiting results from the crime lab.

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