Man facing charges of exposing Trumbull Co. deputies to drugs

It all started after deputies were sent to a home in Newton Township for a suspected overdose

Martin Higinbothom, charged with felonious assault and tampering with evidence in Newton Twp.
NEWTON TWP: Arrested Jan. 18 - Martin Higinbothom, 47, arrested on a warrant and charged with felonious assault and tampering with evidence

TRUMBULL CO., Ohio (WKBN) – Three Trumbull County sheriff’s deputies were exposed to what is suspected to be heroin or fentanyl on Thursday.

Now, a Newton Township man is facing charges.

According to 911 calls, deputies were sent to a home in the 100 block of Kings Drive NW.

When they arrived, they found 47-year-old Martin Higinbothom unconscious. After Higinbothom regained consciousness, he kicked a table, causing the drugs to go into the air, according to the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office.

At some point, the three deputies — Sgt. Bobby Ross, Dennis Garito and Brian Galida — were exposed to the unknown substance.

They began to feel sick and went to the hospital for treatment.

According to the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office, they are now OK.

Higinbothom faces felonious assault and tampering with evidence charges, according to jail records. He was also wanted on an outstanding warrant.

He is being held in the Trumbull County Jail.

Investigators are testing the suspected drugs to determine what the deputies were exposed to.

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