Delaware County deputies hope to stop spread of dangerous new drug

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DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. (February 8, 2016) - Deputies in Delaware County are jumping into action, hoping to stop a dangerous drug from entering the county.

On January 29, Lucas Martinez was arrested for possession of a narcotic drug, among other charges. What that drug is, deputies still don't know. The substance has been sent off for testing. Deputies said through conversations with an undercover officer, they were expecting to buy the drug Desomorphine. It's also referred to as Krokodil. That's because the drug is known to eat away at flesh.

“It will kinda put you in a zombie state. Some people will be in a zombie state where they want to move, but they can’t," an undercover deputy explained. "A lot of them can't control their bowl movements," he added.

The Delaware County drug task force is hoping to stop the drug before it gets to the county. Officials at Ball Memorial Hospital said they have not seen patients with symptoms in line with using a drug like Krokodil.

“We’re gonna have to attack it pretty quick. If it gets out, it’s gonna get out quick," an officer said.

Although the drug has dangerous and even deadly side effects, deputies believe the drug is appealing because it's cheap and easy to get. Martinez told deputies he bought the drug online from Shanghai.

“He ingested the drug himself. He made it very clear to us that he’s afraid of the drug, that he’s addicted," the undercover deputy said.

Martinez is also charged with neglect of a dependent. Deputies said his 3-year-old daughter was in the backseat of the car during the drug deal.

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