Sheriff’s office suspects designer drug in overdose

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspected drug overdose at a residence where deputies discovered a pill bottle containing a synthetic drug not previously seen in the county.

Search warrant documents filed in circuit court say the drug, Pinzor, and a pill bottle with an unknown residue were found Friday at the home of Kristoffer Todd George at 2074 Moose Road, Woodstock. A baggy containing spice, another kind of synthetic drug, was also linked to the overdose.

The search warrant was executed after a member of the Sheriff’s office was sent to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital where George had been taken for treatment of a suspected drug overdose.

The search warrant document, filed by Sgt. Brent Lutz, states that members of the county fire and rescue department found George “face down in the garage that is detached from the residence. Fire and rescue (crew members) advised that when they moved Mr. George, a plastic baggy fell from his person and could be identified as spice.”

Lutz wrote that deputies interviewed members of George’s family who told them that George had been living at the residence for three months.

“Family members advised that they have known Mr. George to be a user of narcotics and that they do not go in or out of his bedroom where he resides,” Lutz wrote.

Sheriff Timothy C. Carter said in an interview that his office is still awaiting the results of laboratory tests to determine whether George had overdosed on Pinzor.

“Hopefully, that will help us if it was in his system,” Carter said.

Law enforcement officials have grown increasingly concerned about the arrival of new kinds of designer drugs in the area.

A woman in Winchester recently died of a drug overdose that law enforcement officials linked to a synthetic compound that had been added to Smarties candy rolls. The drug-laced Smarties are bought from online suppliers.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com