ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) – A family visiting Orange Beach faced a frightening situation on Tuesday evening, June 21, 2022. A small child found a bent dollar bill on the ground in a crowded public parking lot. Inside, Orange Beach police found the deadly drug, fentanyl.
“My son-in-law was about to put it in his wallet. He was going to unfold it and put it in his wallet,” recalls Randy Turner. “It could have been really bad because it would have invaded all of us.”
Turner and her family all felt lucky to still be enjoying their beach vacation on Wednesday. If things had turned out a little differently, they could have been in the hospital or worse. The family were enjoying a trip to a popular outdoor spot when Turner’s 13-month-old grandson saw something on the ground and went to pick it up. The child’s mother intervened and picked up the folded dollar bill. She put it on a nearby table.
“And my son-in-law was sitting next to me,” Turner said. “He just reached out and got the dollar and was starting to unfold it. My son said, ‘Whoa, whoa. Wait a minute. Wait a minute.’ He said, ‘Don’t touch that dollar.’ »
Turner’s son, Jake, threw the money on the table and just then a white powdery substance came out. Luckily for the rest of the family, Jake knew there was something suspicious about the money.
“I saw on Facebook. Stuff was put on it. Watch out for dollars that have fentanyl and stuff like that, but I never thought I’d be…I never thought I’d see it,” Jake said.
The Turners immediately went to security, who called the police. A field test was carried out to confirm that the powder was fentanyl. After the family was observed for some time, they were able to leave. Orange Beach police say that although money containing fentanyl is appearing more across the country, this is the first case they are seeing.
“I can’t say this is becoming a national concern, but I can say that if it is and we have visitors from all over the country in our area, be careful. If you see money folded on the floor and it doesn’t look right, don’t pick it up. Leave alone. If you suspect anything suspicious, please call local law enforcement,” said Orange Beach Police Lt. Trent Johnson.
Police don’t know if the money was left on purpose for someone to find it or by accident. Although police have said they would like to find out where it came from, it will be difficult as there are no security cameras in the area where it happened.
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