After 10 overdoses in 9 hours, an arrest in Ohio heroin case


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus police who dealt with 10 heroin overdoses within nine hours say a suspect was arrested in connection with at least one case.

The department says 10 people overdosed Sunday at eight locations, and two of them died. Responders tried to help the victims by administering the overdose antidote naloxone.

Police allege the suspect arrested Monday sold heroin laced with the potent painkiller fentanyl. Thirty-six-year-old Columbus resident Rayshon LaCarlos Alexander is charged with corrupting another with drugs.

A judge ordered him held without bail Tuesday. Court records list no attorney for him.

The overdose spike in Columbus came days after emergency personnel in Akron reported at least 25 suspected overdoses over three days, including four deaths. Increased opiate overdoses have been a problem elsewhere in Ohio, too.

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