Drug overdose at local Taco Bell leads to heroin bust

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) – What started as an investigation into a possible drug overdose quickly turned into a heroin bust at a local Taco Bell.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by News 12, police and paramedics were called to a Taco Bell restaurant in the 5400 block of Highway 153 Saturday night in reference to a possible drug overdose.

A Taco Bell employee told police that just prior to paramedics arriving on scene, Sarah Koran, 21, of Cummings Georgia took two purses from a car then walked into the restaurant and placed both purses behind the counter.

The employee also told police that prior to the paramedics’ arrival, Runah Abuzeid, 25, of Chattanooga was attempting to perform CPR on Ryan Tucker.

Police took both purses outside and questioned Koran and Abuzeid. According to the affidavit, both women denied knowing who the purses belonged to.

Red flags were raised when police looked in the one of the purses and located Koran’s wallet with her ID.  Even more red flags were raised when police searched the purse and found two hypodermic needles, rolling papers, a bag with three unused needles and an empty pill bottle for 30 capsules of Clonazepam. The prescription had Ryan Tuckers’ name on it and it had just been filled two day prior. Police also found a spoon with burn marks on the bottom.

When police searched the second purse, they found more hypodermic needles and spoons with burn marks on the bottom. A further search of the second purse revealed prescription medication that was prescribed to Abuzeid. The prescription had just been filled four days prior. Abuzeid later admitted the second purse belonged to her after police found a gray pellet that tested positive for opium.

While both women were detained, Koran later admitted to using heroin.  Abuzeid admitted to police that she and Mr. Tucker picked up Koran from out of state. She also told police that she and Koran along with Tucker bought heroin from an undisclosed location.

According to statements from Abuzeid, Tucker and Koran injected heroin but before she was able to also inject the drug, Tucker went into convulsions.

A female police officer was called to the scene to conduct a further search of the women. It was during that search when a hypodermic needle filled with heroin was discovered in Abuzeid’s jacket.

When police searched the suspect’s vehicle, they located more hypodermic needles, drugs and drug paraphernalia

Koran was charged with:

  • Possession of heroin
  • Tampering with evidence
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

Abuzeid was charged with:

  • Possession of herion
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

Both women are already out of jail on bond.

According to police, Tucker was transported to Memorial Northpark Hospital for treatment and has charges pending his medical treatment.


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