A Round Lake Park man was arrested after police found meth and a white powdery substance in his home, which is on the same block where a couple died from a fentanyl overdose in August.
Jason M. King, 47, of the 500 block of Arbor Drive in Round Lake Park, was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of methamphetamine between 5-15 grams.
The Round Lake Park Police Department responded to King’s residence after they received a 911 call from a woman around 11 p.m. Friday that King had overdosed.
Police officers administered Naloxone to the man, who immediately began breathing again. Paramedics arrived and administered additional Naloxone until King became fully conscious.
“Officers observed paraphernalia used in the sale of narcotics and a substantial amount of illegal narcotics in plain view,” Round Lake Park Police Chief George Filenko said.
The man refused to be transported to the hospital by paramedics and police took him into custody for further investigation. King was later transported to the hospital by ambulance after feeling sick at the police station.
Filenko said that officers recovered meth and an unknown white powdery substance from King’s residence.
“The community experienced two recent overdose deaths related to fentanyl. Fentanyl is a highly toxic drug that can be absorbed through the skin and can become airborne,” Filenko said.
In August, a boyfriend and girlfriend, who lived in the 500 block of Arbor Drive, the same block as King, both suffered fatal overdoses due to fentanyl-laced heroin.
King remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $40,000 bond. Additional charges are possible after the Northern Illinois Regional Crime Lab conducts controlled testing on the white substance recovered from King’s residence, Filenko said.
“The responsibility of first responders is to save lives. It is also our duty to prevent illegal narcotics distribution in our community that may take lives,” Filenko said.
King is scheduled to appear in court again on October 1.