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Carfentanil Located In Eagle County

Contact: Jessie Porter, Public Information Officer, 970-328-8540

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office has received confirmation that Carfentanil, which has been linked to a significant number of overdose deaths in various parts of the country, has been located here in our community.

Sheriff James Van Beek and all local law enforcement would like to thank our media outlets in helping get this message out to our community.

Carfentanil was recently found at the scene of an incident which is currently under investigation by our office.  To avoid jeopardizing the investigation and possible prosecution of the case there is limited information that can be released at this time regarding this investigation.  

An email was sent to our public safety partners for their awareness of Carfentanil being identified in this investigation as a safety precaution in which portions of were seen by our media partners and reported on.

Sheriff Van Beek stated “Doing any illegal drugs is foolish and harmful to your health and the health of those around you, but drug dealers are now lacing other more sociably acceptable drugs with fentanyl and Carfentanil and causing deaths throughout the United States.”

"Carfentanil (a synthetic opioid) is surfacing in more and more communities," DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said in a statement. "We see it on the streets, often disguised as heroin. It is crazy dangerous. Synthetics such as fentanyl and carfentanil can kill you. I hope our first responders – and the public – will read and heed our health and safety warning."

“Knowing that this deadly drug had the potential to reach the Eagle County community has been a growing concern of mine” said Eagle County Sheriff James Van Beek. “Because of this concern the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and other Eagle County Emergency Responders have been issued and trained in administering “Narcan” which is one the common names for Naloxone which temporarily counteracts opioids in people”.

Narcan is an FDA-approved nasal spray version of naloxone. It was approved in November 2015, and has been credited with saving countless lives across the country.

Carfentanil and other fentanyl-related compounds can come in several forms, including powder, blotter paper, tablets, and spray. They can be absorbed easily through the skin or accidentally inhaled. Therefore untrained persons should avoid all contact and exercise extreme caution. Only properly trained and outfitted professionals should handle any unknown substance. If encountered, contact the appropriate officials within your area.

Some signs of exposure include respiratory depression or arrest, drowsiness, disorientation, sedation, pinpoint pupils, and clammy skin. The onset of these symptoms usually occurs within minutes of exposure.

Seek immediate medical attention. Carfentanil and other fentanyl-related substances work quickly. The emergency medical service (EMS) should be called immediately in cases of suspected exposure. If inhaled, move the victim to fresh air. If ingested and the victim is conscious, wash out the victim's eyes and mouth with cool water.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office has also been working collaboratively with local hospitals and emergency responders to implement procedures that ensure ongoing community safety.  “We have established a county wide drug task force who have been working diligently and effectively to combat drugs in Eagle County” said Van Beek. “Our community’s safety and the health and wellbeing of all our citizens and guests are paramount and we will continue to work diligently towards that goal.”

If members of the community suspect illegal drugs or other illegal activity they are encouraged to contact the Eagle County Sheriff's Office at (970) 328-8500 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007, 1-800-972-TIPS, submit your tip online at, or text a tip from your cell phone by texting STOPCRIME plus your message to CRIMES (274637).  If your tip leads to the arrest and indictment of any suspect involved, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward from the Crime Stoppers.