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Alleged Dealer While Overdosing Charged

(Michigan City, IN) - Charges have been filed in connection with a La Porte woman overdosing inside her motel room.


Derrien Bartmess, 22, is charged with Dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance.


In March, authorities went to King’s Inn on the southern edge of Michigan City to arrest her on a warrant.  Police knocked on her motel room door but nobody answered. She was then spotted through a window, laying unresponsive in a bed.


Officers concerned about her safety were able to access a key to her door to get inside and noticed she was extremely pale.  One of her arms was cool to the touch and somewhat stiff, police said.  


She woke up after being given some Narcan.


According to police, Bartmess said she was overdosing after taking a pill containing fentanyl.  Police said she had more than 100 pills of various types on her possession along with over $200 in cash.

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