Indiana jail drug exposure sends 24 to hospital

More than 20 people who were near the contaminated area at the Whitley County Jail were sent to a hospital on Monday. Officials say no major medical issues stemming from the contamination were found.

Posted: Feb 6, 2018 1:40 PM
Updated: Feb 7, 2018 12:07 PM

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (WFFT) -

The booking area in Whitley County Jail was contaminated with drug exposure after a female inmate was brought in. Both her and her accomplice's identities were released.

Wonica Johns-Bates, age 44, of Chicago released suspected heroin onto some officers sending more than twenty people from the hospital. The man is Leon Pointer, 52, of Chicago.


No major medical issues stemmed from the contamination.

Sheriff Marcus Gatton of the Whitley Sheriff Department said the woman carried the powerful substance in a makeup container.

"A confinement officer had exposure to his forearm," said Sheriff Gatton. "He had some tingling; [we used] water to dilute the heroin immediately. He was later taken to the hospital."


Indiana State Police spokesman Sgt. Ron Galaviz says the couple was arrested in Whitley County after they were caught going more than 100 mph (160 kph).

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