Quartered woman overdoses on fentanyl in jail after arrest for shoplifting, ESCO says: NorthEscambia.com
A quartering woman arrested for shoplifting overdosed on fentanyl inside the Escambia County Jail, according to an arrest report.
Academy Sports on Davis Highway reported that Erika Diane Martin, 34, shoplifted assorted items worth $331.40.
After a deputy from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office transported Martin to the Escambia County Jail, she was processed and searched by jail staff members before being placed in a holding cell. detention. After 10 to 15 minutes, she was found unconscious on the floor with a bag containing a white powdered substance that tested positive for fentanyl on a bench, according to an ECSO arrest report.
Prison staff and medical personnel provided medical assistance, and Martin was transported to a local hospital by Escambia County Emergency Medical Services. At the hospital, she told a deputy that the bag containing fentanyl was hidden in her bra and that she did not return it because she had forgotten it was there.
“I snorted it,” Martin told the deputy, according to the report.
After his release from the hospital, Martin was charged with theft, entering a county facility, possession of a controlled substance, and tampering with physical evidence.
The felony theft charge stems from the alleged shoplifting incident at Academy Sports. Deputies arrived at the store to find Martin inside where store staff said Martin was wearing Vans tennis shoes and blue shorts belonging to the store. A search of his person found two men’s Nike t-shirts and a Bluetooth speaker in his pockets, a cell phone charger around his neck, as well as sunglasses, headphones, a men’s swimsuit, a Gerber knife and other items on his person, according to an arrest report. The tags had been removed from all items, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.
Martin remained in the Escambia County jail on bail set at $30,000.