36 hours, 1 county, 4 overdoses, 2 deaths: Is fentanyl in your neighborhood?

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County experienced four drug overdoses in 36 hours on Sunday, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

Two people have died and two are hospitalized in serious condition.

The department said there was evidence of significant drug trafficking taking place on the scene of the fatal overdose.

The evidence included large amounts of suspected heroin, marijuana, prescription narcotics, unknown white powders, as well as large sums of money.

(Credit: Forsyth County Facebook page) 

“Our deputies are working nonstop to locate and apprehend the dealers of this poison in our community,” the Sheriff’s Office posted on its Facebook page.

The department said that these incidents may well be indicative of a bad batch of deadly drugs, such as heroin or fentanyl, making their way into Forsyth County over the weekend.

Channel 2's Tom Regan learned from investigators that a teenage girl is one of those who overdosed and died. She was last seen alive around 2 a.m. Monday.


Her grandparents called for help when she was found unresponsive..

People who live in Forsyth County say the rash of overdose cases is upsetting.

"We need to talk to kids as early as possible about the dangers of drugs," resident Elain Maida said.

"We are no different than any other communities. We're putting it out front,” Sheriff Ron Freeman said.

A 33-year-old man died in the Polo Fields community in Cumming.

Investigators say Jacob Oglesby's girlfriend called from his home on Valley Lane to report his overdose. She then overdosed later Sunday.

Deputies returned and revived her with Narcan. They obtained a search warrant and discovered tens of thousands of dollars' worth of drugs in the home.

"We found ounces of heroin, ounces of fentanyl or suspected fentanyl. We found over a thousand prescription narcotics pills and pounds of marijuana,” Freeman said.

Freeman said for now, they don't know if all four overdoses are related to the same heroin or heroin fentanyl mix.

Fentanyl pills are pressed into counterfeit pills that look like oxycodone, Percocet or Xanax.

"If it's fentanyl or something else, they make be taking 10, 20, 30 times the amount their taking and that is causing deaths,” Freeman said.

Freeman told Regan his drug investigators are working hard to crack down on drug dealers.

Tuesday, the Sheriff's Department will join a previously scheduled drug information summit for the public.