Twin reports out of the Garden State, both dealing with the Ebola threat. According to NBC New York, a 47-year-old man was arrested at a hotel in Toms River, N.J., Monday after authorities say they uncovered more than 600 packets of heroin in his possession, many of them curiously branded “Ebola.” The suspect, identified as Barnabas Davis, was offering the drugs for sale.
Investigators allegedly found 633 wax folds containing heroin and about 40 grams of crack cocaine in his possession.
Officials said the heroin had a variety of “trademark” stamps, including the brand name “Ebola.”
Davis has been charged with possession of heroin and crack cocaine and possession of drugs with intent to distribute. He’s being held in Ocean County jail where bail was set at $300,000.
Also out of New Jersey comes a followup to a report late yesterday that a Liberian national who landed at Newark Airport had been taken to a local hospital to be monitored for the presence of the Ebola virus. The man, who was tested by personnel at customs, showed signs of a fever.
According to this bulletin provided by NBC New York, Gov. Chris Christie told reporters at a briefing that the medical team treating the man say there is “no indication he is infected with Ebola.” But these assurances are troubling in light of a World Health Organization Ebola situation assessment, which maintains that two negative test results taken 48 hours apart are necessary before a suspected carrier of the virus can be safely released. The time frame in the case of the Newark arrival does not jibe with that advisory.