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An Asheville man who overdosed on a bus last week faces opioid trafficking charges.

Lieutenant C.A. Parker of the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office said Richard James Foster, 46, had booked a flight from Asheville to Maryland to buy drugs and was heading back to Asheville by bus when he overdosed.

In a statement Parker said the events which led to his arrest occurred last Monday shortly after 8 a.m. when Northampton Central Communications received a call about an overdose which occurred on a Greyhound bus stopped at the North Carolina Welcome Center on Interstate 95.

Deputies observed Foster was in an ambulance with EMS when they arrived.

Lieutenant L. Baker had received a bookbag from the driver of the bus belonging to the man.

While searching for identification, Baker located a clear plastic bag containing numerous individual packaged stamped baggies suspected to be heroin and fentanyl. 

Baker also located a wallet containing the identification of the man, who was transported to Vidant North were he was in stable condition. Foster is now in the Northampton County Detention Center awaiting a second district court appearance on June 3 after an initial appearance last Wednesday.

Sergeant R. Horton discovered the plastic bag contained 140 bags of heroin/fentanyl and 18 bags of cocaine. 

Horton obtained warrants on James for felony possession of heroin, trafficking heroin, possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, felony possession of cocaine and possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine. 

Foster was arrested at the hospital and carried to the county jail. He received an $85,000 bond.