DEA agents tracking heroin supplier linked to potential ‘bad batch’

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind-- Investigators in Bloomington are looking for the supplier behind a so called "bad batch" of heroin, which they believe is linked to a spike in overdoses.

Since Feb. 1, Bloomington police say there have been eleven reports of overdoses. Nine of those overdoses have occurred since Tuesday.

Donald and Terry Anderson say their son Donald Lee was one of those victims.

According to the Andersons, Lee overdosed in the Monroe County Jail. A spokesperson for the jail confirms the incident. The Andersons say they were informed of the overdose by a fellow inmate.

“He called and said it was heroin; it was some of the bad heroin was the way it was put to me,” Terry Anderson said.

Now the Andersons say their biggest question is how the drugs got into the jail in the first place.

A Monroe County spokesperson said that “unfortunately” drugs are sometimes smuggled into jails, but the Bloomington facility is no different than any other in the country which also faces similar issues.

Recently the sheriff’s department purchased $100,000 body scanner to help curtail those incidents.

There has also been a spike in overdoses in Muncie. Officials say more than a dozen overdoses were reported in a three day period. Four of those victims died.

DEA agents say it's still too early to determine if all the recent overdoses are linked to the same supplier.

"There are ways to connect the dots between all they way up in Muncie to all the way down in Bloomington," explains Greg Westfall, Assistant Special Agent in Charge with the DEA.

Police say the heroin may have been laced with Fentanyl or some other power additive.

"I've heard a lot over the last couple days about a bad batch of heroin and I'd like to ask what is a good batch of heroin?  Heroin is heroin and it's bad no matter which way we look at it," explains Westfall.

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