West Point cadets were at overdose house in Wilton Manors, academy confirms
Ambulances raced to a house in Wilton Manors on Thursday where Fort Lauderdale’s Fire Rescue chief said multiple people were laying in the front yard in cardiac arrest suffering from drug overdoses.
On Friday, Local 10 News confirmed that West Point cadets were part of the group of college students from New York state at the short-term rental home where cocaine laced with fentanyl caused seven people to overdose.
West Point’s Public Affairs Office sent a statement to Local 10 News: “The U.S. Military Academy is aware of the situation involving West Point cadets, which occurred Thursday night in Wilton Manors, FL. The incident is currently under investigation and no other details are available at this time.”
On Friday, crime scene tape surrounded the house at 811 NW 29th Court and remnants of a spring break party — empty beer bottles and boxes by loads of garbage — remained piled on the side of the home.
Investigators said only 4 of the students were using the drugs. Fort Lauderdale Fire Chief Stephen Gollan said cocaine laced with fentanyl is so potent that those who administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation also fell ill and had to be transported to Holy Cross Hospital. The other victims were rushed to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale.
Residents who live near the home said they had heard loud music and people coming and going.
Another neighbor questioned if the short-term rental was properly registered. “It’s been a mess . . .The impact on neighbors . . . Imagine living next to it,” said a person who didn’t want to be identified.
The investigation is now looking into the short-term rental property and also who supplied the drugs or where the drugs came from.
It’s spring break season in @WiltonManorsCty! WMPD wants to warn spring breakers about the dangers of using illicit drugs & to avoid mixing drugs with alcohol or other forms of drugs. Protect yourself from the dangers of Fentanyl: https://t.co/cbSSQe4Bl1 https://t.co/pif08MxPa0
— wmpd411 (@WMPD411) March 11, 2022