Drug agent treated for possible exposure to ‘grey death’ at Hickman County Sheriff’s Office


HICKMAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — The administrative side of the Hickman County Sheriff’s Office was evacuated Friday morning after a drug agent became sick while handling a dangerous drug known as ‘grey death.’

According to Hickman County Sergeant Michael Doddo, the agent was double-bagging drugs seized during a traffic stop, when he started experiencing shortness of breath, while also feeling nauseous and dizzy.

The agent was transported to a hospital in Centerville where he was treated and released, investigators said.

Sergeant Doddo said a particle of the drug involved, known as ‘grey death,’ is strong enough to tranquilize an elephant.

“It’s a synthetic fentanyl,” he explained. “It’s got heroin and fentanyl and other opiates in it. It’s extremely powerful. It’s about 100 times more powerful than fentanyl itself and about 10,000 times more powerful than morphine.”

(Photo: Hickman County Sheriff’s Office)

HAZMAT crews were called to the sheriff’s office to assess the situation. The all-clear was eventually given.

The jail is in a separate facility and inmates were not affected, the sheriff’s office added.

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