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Suspected drug dealer with possible ties to overdose crisis released from jail

Jaycee Wayne Johnson was arrested September 28th and released October 1st. Springfield Police sent out a press release about his arrest late Tuesday night. Early Wednesday morning, KEZI 9 News obtained the suspect's mugshot.

Posted: Oct 2, 2018 10:32 PM
Updated: Oct 3, 2018 11:48 AM

UPDATE -- Jaycee Johnson was released from jail Monday, according to Lane County Jail officials.

Those jail officials said he was released because the Lane County District Attorney's Office did not file on the charges against the suspect by his scheduled arraignment on Oct. 1. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Springfield Police have arrested a suspected dealer they believe to be responsible for at least some of the drug overdoses over the last several weeks.

32-year-old Jaycee Wayne Johnson was charged on suspicion of possession, manufacture and delivery of heroin and fentanyl after police served a search warrant on his home on Friday.

He also is suspected of possession of methamphetamine.

Formal charges have not yet been filed and the investigation is ongoing.

During the search, police also found a gram of “China White,” a fentanyl-based drug believed to be involved in some of the overdoses that occurred in Eugene and Springfield.

One of the victims told police that the drug he consumed was a substance that he called "China White."

Police believe what has been called China White is similar to heroin, but is all or part fentanyl and is many times more potent than heroin.

Police said they believe those who overdosed were using their common dosages believing they were using heroin, when in fact they were using all or part fentanyl.

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