September 23, 2022

Kent Keller, PIO
Greeley Police Department
(970) 351-5387, Desk
[email protected]

Two Greeley Police Officers Sent to Hospital After Fentanyl Exposure

GREELEY, Colo. – On Monday, September 19, at 7:34 a.m., Greeley Police officers were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle parked in the 5100 block of 11th Street. The caller reported two males were sleeping and the property management wanted them to leave.

Officers arrived on scene and approached the vehicle and suspects. The suspects saw the officers and made a failed attempt to flee in the vehicle, which officers then found out had previously been reported stolen. When their attempt to flee in the stolen vehicle was unsuccessful, the suspects remained in the vehicle and began smoking what officers believed to be narcotics.

Officers eventually were able to convince the suspects to voluntarily surrender. Both suspects, later idented as Adam Martinez, a 33-year-old male, and Troy Grajeda, a 29-year-old male, were taken into custody without incident. Shortly after the suspects were arrested, two officers on scene began to experience physiological symptoms consistent with fentanyl exposure. Medics were called to the scene and both officers were taken to a local hospital via ambulance for treatment. They were later released and have since returned to duty.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is anywhere from 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. Fentanyl is being mixed into all types of powdered and pill drugs and being sold to users that are often unaware that there is fentanyl in the drug. This is especially dangerous to infrequent and new drug users. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), From January 2021 to January 2022 107,375 people in the United States died of drug overdoses and 67% of those deaths involved a synthetic opioid like fentanyl. Some of the deaths were attributed to the fentanyl being mixed with like other drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin.

Fentanyl is extremely dangerous and a person can be exposed in one of five ways: skin contact, inhalation, ingestion, contact with a mucous membrane (eyes, nose, etc.) or with a needlestick. The symptoms of fentanyl exposure include respiratory distress, drowsiness, dizziness, disorientation, pinpoint pupils and loss of consciousness. If you believe you have been exposed to fentanyl:
• Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
• Wash your hands with soap and water to remove any substance from your hands.
• If you begin to experience any adverse medical symptoms described above call 911 immediately and seek medical attention.

Martinez was booked into the Weld County Jail for:
• Two misdemeanor warrants for his arrest
• Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Class 1 Drug Misdemeanor
• Criminal Impersonation, a Class 6 Felony

Grajeda was booked into the Weld County Jail for:
• 1st Degree Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft , a Class 5 Felony

No additional information will be released today.