By BRIAN BOHNERT
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
Bond was continued Thursday for the Findlay man responsible for a Fostoria police officer’s accidental exposure to fentanyl.
Logan T. Parrish, 27, entered a plea of not guilty to one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony, during an arraignment Thursday morning in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom.
According to a court representative, Shuff continued Parrish’s $250,000, no 10-percent bond and scheduled a pretrial/plea hearing for 11 a.m. Aug. 24.
Parrish was indicted by a Seneca County grand jury July 26 for allegedly transporting the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl through Fostoria back in June with intent to sell.
He was arrested by Fostoria police at approximately 5 p.m. June 22 after officers discovered a large amount of fentanyl and carfentanil during a traffic stop near the intersection of West Lytle and South Main streets.
Fentanyl is said to be 30-50 times more potent than heroin, and carfentanil is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine.
Fostoria Police Officer Cory Brian was hospitalized after having incidental contact with the fentanyl while assisting Sgt. William Campbell on the traffic stop.
Minutes after arresting Parrish, Brian became dizzy and nauseous and developed a headache as a result of his interaction with the potentially deadly drug.
Brian was wearing Nitrile gloves during the initial search of Parrish and his vehicle, but the hot and humid temperatures of the day may have caused the drug to absorb through exposed skin.
Fostoria Fire Division’s EMS unit transported Brian to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for evaluation. He was treated and released several hours later.
In addition, the officer’s cruiser needed to undergo extensive decontamination to avoid repeat exposure.
If convicted, Parrish faces up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $5,000, as well as a driver’s license suspension of up to five years.