Substance at vape shop hospitalizes five

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Photos courtesy of the Pickens County Sheriff's Office

Jasper, Ga – Authorities have met a major incident as they executed a search warrant at the local A1 Smoke Shop in Jasper, Georgia.

During the execution of the search warrant today, September 14, members of the Drug Task Force, Pickens Sheriff’s Office, and Jasper City Police were exposed to an unidentified substance that immediately brought down one detective. Others also became exposed in attempts to help treat the detective. According to an official release by Sgt. Jody Weaver, Administrative Services Division of the Pickens Sheriff’s Office, “As of this release, two Detectives, a DTF Agent and two EMS personnel are being treated now for symptoms.”

Photos courtesy of the Pickens County Sheriff's Office

Photos courtesy of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office

Unconfirmed reports indicate the substance may have been made airborne during the search, but reports at this time indicate the exposure is not life-threatening.

According to their official release, “The Cherokee County Hazardous Materials Team has dispatched to the scene to assist, along with all surrounding public safety agencies including the Pickens Fire & EMS and City of Jasper Fire.”

Additionally, authorities have closed businesses in close proximity to the location and evacuated citizens from the area for safety.

With Haz-Mat teams investigating the substances, authorities are declining to release certain details of the active investigation, but indicate that they will be releasing more information about the incident later.

With the recent rise of vaping devices being used to inhale drugs ranging from Methamphetamines to THC Oil to Synthetic Marijuana, it is likely this warrant could be part of an official response to the trend in our schools, though no official statement identifies why they were executing a search warrant. The District Attorney’s office is currently undertaking a series of assemblies at the middle and high schools of Pickens, Fannin, and Gilmer.

At this point, it is actually quite common to find controlled substances in vape devices across America, especially in schools as reports continue to flood the media about students falling unconscious or having severe reactions, even seizures because of what they may or may not know they are inhaling.

See the full media release below:

“Pickens County law enforcement have encountered a suspected unknown powder substance during execution of a search warrant – Deputies and other public safety adversely affected.”

On the morning of Friday, September 14, 2018, the Drug Task Force, along with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office and the City of Jasper Police Department executed a search warrant at the A-1 Smoke Shop located at 684 West Church Street in Jasper, Georgia. During the search of the premises, a Detective with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office came in contact with an unknown substance which immediately resulted in the Detective experiencing adverse health conditions and symptoms. The affected Detective was transported to the local hospital for immediate treatment. Public safety personnel who were exposed while treating the affected Detective also began experiencing similar reactions. As of this release, two Detectives, a DTF Agent and two EMS personnel are being treated now for symptoms.

The Cherokee County Hazardous Materials Team has dispatched to the scene to assist, along with all surrounding public safety agencies including the Pickens Fire & EMS and City of Jasper Fire. Businesses in close proximity to the location have been evacuated as a safety precaution, and Haz-Mat teams are preparing to enter the premises to thoroughly investigate and identify the cause of the health issues with our public safety personnel.

As this is an active investigation, more information will be provided as it becomes available.

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07/29/18-08/04/18 Weekly EMA/EMS Report

Fannin County EMA/EMS

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
706-632-1958
Fax 706-632-8003

July 29, 2018 thru August 4, 2018 Responses

M1: 42
M3: 12
M4: 31
M11: 20

Total: 105

Mutual Aid: 1
Law: 436
Fire: 7
Rescue: 27

Total Emergency Calls: 554

Total Calls: 1477

07/22/18-07/28/18 Weekly EMA/EMS Report

Fannin County EMA/EMS

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
706-632-1958
Fax 706-632-8003

July 22, 2018 thru July 28, 2018 Responses

M1: 43
M3: 18
M4: 25
M11: 27

Total: 113

Total Emergency Calls: 561

07/08/18-07/14/18 Weekly EMA/EMS Report

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Fannin County EMA/EMS

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
706-632-1958
Fax 706-632-8003

July 8, 2018 thru July 14, 2018 Responses

M1: 37
M3: 17
M4: 32
M11: 28
Polk: 1

Total: 115

Mutual Aid:
Law: 360
Fire: 11
Rescue: 36

Total Emergency Calls: 502

Total Calls: 1596

06/24/18-06/30/18 Weekly EMA/EMS Report

Arrest Reports

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
706-632-1958
Fax 706-632-8003

June 24, 2018 thru June 30, 2018 Responses

M1: 40
M3: 11
M4: 27
M11: 27

Total: 105

Mutual Aid:

Law: 370
Fire: 13
Rescue: 34

Total Emergency Calls: 481

Total Calls: 1659

06/17/18 to 06/23/18 Weekly EMA/EMS Report

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Fannin County EMA/EMS

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
706-632-1958
Fax 706-632-8003

 

June 17, 2018 thru June 23, 2018 Responses

M1: 35
M3: 12
M4: 25
M11: 31

Total: 103

Mutual Aid: 0
Law: 403
Fire: 12
Rescue: 29

Total Emergency Calls: 529

Total Calls: 1564

05/27/18-06/02/18 Weekly EMA/EMS Report

Fannin County EMA/EMS

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
706-632-1958
Fax 706-632-8003

May 27, 2018 thru June 2, 2018 Responses

M1: 31
M3: 11
M4: 24
M11: 29

Total: 95

Mutual Aid: 0
Law: 348
Fire: 10
Rescue: 20

Total Emergency Calls: 472

Total Calls: 1452

05/20/18-05/26/18 Weekly EMA/EMS Report

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Fannin County EMA/EMS

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
706-632-1958
Fax 706-632-8003

 

May 20, 2018 thru May 26, 2018 Responses

M1: 33
M3: 12
M4: 37
M11: 19

Total: 101

Mutual Aid: 0
Law: 402
Fire: 7
Rescue: 33

Total Emergency Calls: 510

Total Calls: 1514

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