Connecticut police announce arrest tied to spate of synthetic pot overdoses

Connecticut authorities revealed Friday that a man was arrested in relation to the investigation of several dozen synthetic pot overdoses that occurred in the state this week.

John Parker, 53, was taken into custody Wednesday and was discovered with more than 30 bags of K2, the synthetic marijuana linked to more than 100 overdoses, police said.

Parker was hit with drug-related charges after authorities found him with the K2, Police Chief Anthony Campbell said.

The area around the New Haven Green near Yale was where many of the overdoses occurred, starting on Wednesday. Multiple people who were affected by the drug identified Parker as someone who'd been dealing it in the area, Campbell said.

Cots were set up Thursday as a makeshift treatment center on the New Haven Green to handle the drug overdoses.

Cots were set up Thursday as a makeshift treatment center on the New Haven Green to handle the drug overdoses. (Brian A. Pounds/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP)

Some of those who experienced overdoses fell unconscious, while others suffered nausea and vomiting, officials said. Some individuals also reportedly overdosed multiple times.

No deaths have been reported.

Parker was detained on $225,000 bail. A public defender told The Associated Press there was no proof linking any drugs Parker may have had to the ODs.

His arrest marks the third in the investigation. Felix Melendez, 37, and an unidentified individual were separately taken into custody, Campbell said. He added that investigators are still working to determine whether they’re connected to the overdoses.

Police cautioned that the apprehensions don't guarantee that all the bad K2 has been found.

"We want people to be warned that what they have could be extremely dangerous and they should not use it," Campbell said.

Synthetic marijuana typical consists of plant material sprayed with chemicals or other substances sold in small, colorful packets.

Fox News’ Frank Miles and The Associated Press contributed to this report.