BERNIE, MO (KFVS) - A Cape Girardeau woman’s arrest in Stoddard County revealed a dangerous new drug trend.
Tanya Rankin from Cape Girardeau was arrested Monday, February 11 in Bernie. She’s charged with possession of controlled substance for having 15 capsules of powdered fentanyl.
Chief Justin Allen with the Bernie Police Department said it’s the first case discovered in Stoddard County with the drug in a powdered form, compared to a patch.
Officers must be careful when dealing with this deadly drug and use special gloves to stay safe, what Chief Allen called a nerve-wracking situation.
“This lady was extremely intoxicated from it and you never know what’s going to go on, and for your safety getting it on you or the public. I mean a kid could find this out if somebody laid it down or something a kid could find it or just anybody and it could really do some harm to them,” said Chief Allen.
He said the incident was a wake-up call for the station. Now, he’s speeding up the process for officers to carry Narcan, an overdose reversal drug.
Sergeant Mark McClendon, Coordinator of the SEMO Drug Task Force said they’ve seen some of this powdered fentanyl here or there, but not a lot yet.