11 members of a police SWAT team became ill during a Connecticut drug bust after bursting into a Hartford apartment and finding themselves in a cloud of suspected drug particles, authorities say.
From Fox News:
Deputy Chief Brian Foley posted on his Twitter account that the officers were sickened while executing a search warrant at Tuesday night in the city’s Asylum Hill neighborhood. The officers were treated at a hospital and released.
Foley says the SWAT team members had symptoms of exposure to airborne heroin and fentanyl including nausea, light-headedness, sore throats and headaches.
Police seized 50,000 bags of heroin, three-quarters of a pound of raw heroin, fentanyl, two handguns and drug packaging materials.
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Three people were arrested.
Fentanyl is a strong painkiller blamed for thousands of overdose deaths nationwide. Officers have gotten sick from airborne fentanyl, but no police deaths have been reported.
Police said they raided the house just in time to keep the drugs off the streets.