Police: Kirkersville police chief overdosed on drugs taken from evidence room

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KIRKERSVILLE, OH (WCMH) – Investigators say Kirkersville Police Chief James Hughes Jr. died after overdosing on drugs taken from the evidence room of the police department.

According to Reynoldsburg Police Lt. Ron Wright, detectives found packaging and material taken from the Kirkersville Police Department evidence room in Hughes’ living room. Wright said they found an opened package of fentanyl and closed packages of heroin, fentanyl and LSD in his home.

All of the packages were from the department. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is working to determine the exact amounts.

Hughes died of an accidental fentanyl overdose, according to an autopsy report.

Hughes was found dead in his Reynoldsburg home in May, just months after becoming the head of the Kirkersville Police Department.

Hughes assumed the position of Kirkersville Police Chief in March 2018 after Jeff Finley resigned from the post, citing a hostile work environment.

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