Hopewell Township Police Chief Lance Maloney reports that on November 25, 2014, a male corrections officer working in the mail room of the Mercer County Correction Center opened a letter that contained a white powdery substance. This area of the jail was sealed off and emergency personnel were summoned.

Hopewell Township Police Officer Alexis Mirra, Hopewell Valley Emergency Services personnel, the Union Fire Department, and the Lambertville Fire Department responded to the Mercer County Correction Center at approximately 12:28 PM for a possible exposure incident. Under the direction of Hopewell Valley Emergency Services Chief Matthew Martin, the Trenton Haz Mat Unit was requested and responded to the scene.

Further investigation by the Haz Mat Unit revealed that the substance was heroin. No injuries resulted from this incident and the Correction Center went back to normal operations at approximately 1:12 pm.

The investigation remains under investigation concerning this narcotics offense.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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