A Manchester man was arrested March 6 for drug possession.
Austin David Florence, 20, of Big Falls Circle, Manchester, was arrested by Manchester Police Department officer Derek Bowles on charges of manufacturing/delivering/selling/possession of a controlled substance, tampering with or fabricating/destruction of evidence and unlawful drug use.
According to warrants obtained by the officer, police were called to Rivendell Apartments on Expressway Drive in Manchester to an unresponsive person. When the officer arrived he found a person on the ground and unresponsive. Officers administered Narcan to the man and he became responsive – Narcan is used for emergency treatment for suspected opioid overdose.
Witnesses at the scene advised officers Bowles and Daryn Gadeken that Florence had disposed of what looked to be drugs and paraphernalia in the rear of the apartment building. The officers found a syringe, a spoon with white melted residue and one plastic bag containing white powder believed to be Heroin. According to a police report, Florence told the officers that he attempted to hide the drugs because he was “afraid” he would go to jail.
The man who was unconscious told officers that he had not felt well and he called Florence, who allegedly told the man that he had “something to help” him. The man told officers that he “snorted” what he believed to be Heroin, but was not sure how much he had snorted. He said the next thing he remembered waking up to see officers and EMS personnel.
Florence was arrested and booked into the Coffee County Jail on the charges. He is to appear in Coffee County General Sessions Court April 24.