Harlan City Police Find Heroin on Ohio Man Visiting Hospital

An Ohio man is facing multiple charges after allegedly being found in possession of heroin after being arrested for an incident at Harlan ARH Hospital.

Joseph Bourgeous, 56, of Columbus, Ohio, was arrested by Harlan City Police on Monday.

According to the citation, Officer Brandon Watts responded to a complaint of a male possibly being under the influence at Harlan ARH Hospital. When police arrived, Bourgeous was allegedly standing barefoot in a puddle of urine in the hall on the fifth floor and told police he was looking for a restroom, however there was a restroom located in the room of the patient he was visiting. Police say Bourgeous’ eyelids were droopy and his speech was slurred, and he could not follow directions well enough to perform a sobriety test. Police also noticed his eyes were bloodshot and his pupils were constricted. Bourgeous was arrested and transported to the Harlan County Detention Center.

A second citation states when Bourgeous arrived at the jail, a search was conducted and he was found in possession of various suspected drugs. Harlan County Detention Center officials found 19 bindles of suspected black tar heroin individually wrapped and in two separate baggies as well as an assortment of pills, including 31 blue pills believed to be Xanax and 21 pills believed to be a legend drug. The pills were not in the original container. Jail staff also found a spoon with black residue, a syringe and cotton that may have been used for filtering on Bourgeous’ person.

Bourgeous received a number of charges including first-degree promoting contraband, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, prescription controlled substance not in original container, public intoxication by controlled substance (excludes alcohol), second-degree disorderly conduct and menacing.

He is being lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center without bond.

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