Fentanyl-laced heroin claims four lives in Macomb County

Sheriff’s office launches tip line to find source of drug

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published December 4, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that six people overdosed, four fatally, on a more potent strain of heroin within a recent five-day stretch.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham stated in the report that deputies responded to the overdoses from Nov. 27 through Dec. 1.

All of the overdoses were from heroin believed to be laced with fentanyl, Wickersham said.

Two individuals, a brother and sister from Mount Clemens, were saved on Nov. 27 by deputies carrying Narcan, the opioid-reversing drug.

Four people were unable to be saved: a 21-year-old Warren woman died on Nov. 28; a 27-year-old Mount Clemens woman was found deceased on Nov. 29; and two Mount Clemens men, ages 51 and 62, fatally overdosed on Dec. 1.

Sgt. Renee Yax said investigators believe the heroin is being sold in Mount Clemens. However, few details are being released as the investigation is ongoing.

Members of the sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team are working to locate the source, officials reported.

Wickersham warned anyone using this drug that the consequences are often fatal.

“We don’t want anyone to use illegal substances ever,” the sheriff said. “We all know what drugs can do. However, with this particular batch of heroin that is spreading through the Mount Clemens area, we want people to know that it is a deadly decision.”

Anyone with information on the source of this deadly strain of heroin is asked to call the tip line at (586) 493-4861. Callers can leave an anonymous message or request to speak to a detective.