Woodlawn police precinct evacuated, 3 officers ill after being exposed to fentanyl
WOODLAWN, Md. (WBFF) - Three Baltimore County police officers were taken to a hospital and the Woodlawn precinct evacuated after being exposed to fentanyl following a traffic stop Thursday night, announced police.
All the officers were later released from the hospital.
The incident began just after 11 p.m. Dec. 21, when officers from the Woodlawn precinct returned from the traffic stop, where they recovered narcotics from a vehicle, reported police. Police did not immediately say where the traffic stop occurred.
When they returned to the Woodlawn precinct, the arresting officer and another officer began to become ill after finding a white, powdery substance.
Both got immediate medical attention from other officers; a third officer later also became ill.
All were taken to a hospital and later released.
The county fire department, hazmat team from Brooklandville and hazmat team from Westview responded to the precinct and confirmed the substance was fentanyl.
The building was evacuated and closed, said police Friday morning. It was reopened later Friday morning.
"Police do not expect any interruption in police operations as a result of this incident," according to a statement.
Exposure to fentanyl, which is more potent than heroin and can cause overdose symptoms just from inhalation, has caused major problems for first responders nationwide.
In May, Harford County deputies were taken to the hospital after a similar exposure.