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HazMat Team Called To Peekskill PD After Fentanyl Exposure Scare

The Westchester County Police HazMat Unit was called to the Peekskill Police Department following a fentanyl exposure scare.
The Westchester County Police HazMat Unit was called to the Peekskill Police Department following a fentanyl exposure scare. Photo Credit: File

The Peekskill Police Department was evacuated after several officers and an arrestee were potentially exposed to fentanyl in the booking area of the police station on Nelson Avenue.

The incident took place around 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6, when a white powdery substance, later identified as fentanyl, was "introduced" into the booking area, said Peekskill Police Lt. Jack Galusha.

Five officers and the arrestee were in the area at the time of the incident, he Galusha said.

Because of the dangerous nature of fentanyl, the Westchester County hazmat team was called and the booking area, as well as all present at the time,  were decontaminated, he said.

No one was injured and after several hours operations returned to normal.

"Just a few granules of fentanyl can be deadly, so we needed to take all precautions," Galusha said.

Due to an ongoing investigation, Galusha declined to say how those present were exposed to the drug or the person who was under arrest.

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