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Fake Oxycodone found in Barton County
Woman saved by EMS; man arrested

HOISINGTON — A 40-year-old woman who went into cardiac arrest last Thursday at a Hoisington residence apparently ingested fake Oxycodone being distributed in Kansas. The incident led law enforcement to Great Bend and resulted in a drug arrest. Police officers from Hoisington, Great Bend and Garden City were involved in the investigation.

After the 40-year-old, unresponsive woman was found at the Hoisington residence and went into cardiac arrest, cardiopulmonary resuscitation was performed by the responding officer and Naloxone was administered by EMS to revive the woman.

According to a news release from the Great Bend Police Department, Hoisington Police contacted the GBPD which assisted in obtaining information that she had consumed a particular pill prior to the cardiac event. Through additional investigation, law enforcement confirmed that the pill appeared to be identical to some fake pills recently seized by the Garden City Police Department. A test was performed on the pill seized by Hoisington Police officers, revealing a positive indication for the presence of Fentanyl.

Great Bend Police detectives, with the combined efforts of the Hoisington Police Department and the information received from the Garden City Police Department, were able to obtain a search warrant for a residence at 2210 27th St. in Great Bend. Patrol officers and detectives with the GBPD executed the search warrant and reportedly found pills identical to those seized in Hoisington along with suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin, other controlled substances and drug paraphernalia.

Clifford Allen Parkins, 37, of Great Bend, was placed under arrest and charged with distributing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Parkins was booked in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information in reference to this case is urged to contact the Great Bend Police Department by calling 620-793-4120 or Crime Stoppers at 620-792-1300.

About the fake pills

The Garden City Police Department issued a warning to the public early last week about fake Oxycodone pills being distributed in southwest Kansas, saying those pills tested positive for Fentanyl.

Police said they resemble real Oxycodone pills although there is a slight difference in the “3” and the “M” on the fake pills.