Heroin in Harlan


Man found barefoot in hall of hospital

By Joe P. Asher - [email protected]



Photo submitted Police confiscated multiple items from a man following his arrest, including suspected heroin.


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 Officer Branden Watts on Monday.

According to the citation, 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. He told police he was looking for a restroom, however there was a restroom located in the room of the patient he was visiting. 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. The jail staff also found 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 was charged with first-degree promoting contraband, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, illegal possession of a legend drug, first- and third-degree trafficking a controlled substance, prescription controlled substance not in original container, public intoxication by controlled substance (excludes alcohol), second-degree disorderly conduct and menacing.

He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center without bond.

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Photo submitted Police confiscated multiple items from a man following his arrest, including suspected heroin.
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Man found barefoot in hall of hospital

By Joe P. Asher

[email protected]

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