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IU, Bloomington Police unaware of fentanyl-laced cocaine incidents rumored in X post

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Local authorities are unable to verify a Bloomington Uber driver’s post on X, formerly known as Twitter, that gained traction after a passenger allegedly said fentanyl-laced cocaine circulating Bloomington had caused at least one IU fraternity member to overdose. Neither IU Police Department nor Bloomington Police Department know of any recent incidents of cocaine laced with fentanyl.  

Was hearing rumors last night of cocaine coming into Bloomington laced with fentanyl. Passenger shared that a frat house had a kid overdose(no report on condition) which triggered widespread testing at other houses that purchased from the same source. All testing positive for…

The X account, BTown Uber, posted Feb. 11 that one of his passengers told him a recent fraternity member’s overdose led other chapters to test the cocaine they bought from the same source — with all the cocaine testing positive for fentanyl. As of Friday morning, around 213,000 people had viewed the post. Nearly 40 other X accounts reshared the post, including Barstool IU, an account with more than 61,000 followers. 

However, when the Indiana Daily Student reached out to IUPD and BPD, neither agency could confirm the X post.  

IUPD Public Information Officer Hannah Skibba said IUPD had not been made aware of any of the drug use or testing that was mentioned in the post. Skibba said IUPD responded to a call Feb. 9, two days before the X post, reporting an unconscious male IU student in the front yard of the Chi Phi house located at 720 E. Third Street. In addition to IUPD, the Bloomington Fire Department and EMS also responded to the call and determined the student had experienced a seizure, Skibba said. The student was then taken to the hospital in stable condition.  

Skibba said she was not sure if this incident was the same as the one referenced in the X post but said no drug issues were reported over the weekend.  

BPD Capt. Ryan Pedigo said he checked with the Special Investigations Unit but no one could confirm any reports of cocaine laced with fentanyl. Pedigo also said BPD has not made any arrests for possessing or selling fentanyl-laced cocaine.

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