Three arrested after Southeastern student survives fentanyl overdose

HAMMOND — Three people were arrested Tuesday after a student at Southeastern University survived a fentanyl overdose.

Hammond police officials say the overdose happened in mid-January. The female student was given Narcan after experiencing the overdose and has since returned to campus.

Kawaiishh Brown, 50, Shyheim Pines, 29 and Mark Fridge III, 21, were arrested on drug charges Tuesday for their alleged role in selling to the student, according to Hammond Police Chief Edwin Bergeron. Bergeron said the suspects could also face attempted murder charges.

The arrests came as a result of an investigation by Hammond Police’s fentanyl response team, which was the group’s first major case, according to Bergeron.

Bergeron said after executing a search warrant at a residence, law enforcement seized nearly a pound of crystal meth, heroin, cocaine and marijuana, as well as a few guns.

“The new thing that we’re stepping up is that we’re going to charge these criminals that are selling the dope and having people come close to losing their lives with attempted murder charges,” Chief Bergeron said Thursday. “We’re willing to be the pioneers that go after the drug dealers in this way.”

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