Powdery Substance at Mercer County Correction Center Sparks Investigation

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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