ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) – A household visiting Orange Beach discovered themselves confronted with a scary scenario Tuesday evening, June 21, 2022. A small youngster discovered a folded greenback invoice on the bottom in a crowded public parking zone. Inside it, Orange Beach Police discovered the lethal drug, fentanyl.
“My son-in-law was fixing to put it in his billfold. He was going to unfold it and put it in his billfold,” recalled Randy Turner. “It could have been really bad because that would have gotten all over every one of us.”
Turner and his household all felt lucky to nonetheless be having fun with their seaside trip Wednesday. Had issues gone just a bit otherwise, they might have been within the hospital or worse. The household was having fun with a visit to a well-liked outside venue when Turner’s 13-month-old grandson noticed one thing on the bottom and went to select it up. The youngster’s mom stepped in and picked up the folded greenback invoice. She set it on a close-by desk.
“And my son-in-law was sitting beside me,” Turner stated. “He just reached over and got the dollar and was starting to unfold it. My son said, ‘Whoa, whoa. Wait a minute. Wait a minute.’ He said, ‘Don’t touch that dollar.’”
Turner’s son, Jake flicked the cash throughout the desk and that’s when a white powdery substance got here out of it. Fortunately for the remainder of the household, Jake knew there was one thing suspicious in regards to the cash.
“I’ve seen on Facebook. Stuff’s been put on that. Be careful of dollars that’s laced with fentanyl and stuff like that, but I never thought I’d be…I never thought I’d see it,” stated Jake.
The Turners instantly went to safety, who referred to as the police. A discipline check was achieved to verify the powder was fentanyl. After the household was noticed for some time, they have been in a position to go away. Orange Beach Police stated that whereas fentanyl-laced cash has been exhibiting up extra across the nation, that is the primary case they’ve seen.
“I can’t say it’s becoming a national concern, but I can say, if it is and we have visitors from all over the country in our area, to please be careful. If you see money folded up on the ground and it doesn’t look normal, don’t pick it up. Leave it alone. If you suspect anything suspicious, please call your local law enforcement,” defined Lt. Trent Johnson with Orange Beach Police.
Police aren’t positive whether or not the cash was dropped on objective for somebody to search out or by chance. While police stated they’d like to search out out its origin, that can be troublesome as a result of there are not any safety cameras within the space this occurred.
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