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Narcotic Found in Jail Mail; Employee Hospitalized

A sheriff's office spokeswoman said the community is not believed to be in danger.

UPDATE (Friday 9:49 a.m.)—One unidentified female Harford County Detention Center employee was hospitalized Thursday after coming in contact with an "unknown powder substance," likely drugs, while sorting mail.

"It’s a contained situation. ... The community and the detention center population are not believed to be at risk,"  spokeswoman Monica Worrell said. "When one of our techs who was sorting the mail came across [the substance], it gave her a feeling of disorientation."

The incident occurred around 5:30 p.m. and the mail area of the jail was quarantined, according to Worrell.

"Symptoms [the victim] was exhibiting were consistent with a narcotic exposure," she said.

The woman told her supervisor she felt "light-headed and had a metallic taste in her mouth," Worrell said. The employee was decontaminated and transported to .

"[The substance] is not a biological material," Worrell said. "[The county HazMat team] made entry into the mail area and they’re about to clear."

The mail was addressed to an inmate. A second letter was found that was also "believed to be narcotic in nature," a release from the sheriff's office stated.

Eric bel air October 13, 2011 at 11:04 PM
Wow. Explains the big truck with bright lights outside that building when I just drove by. Prob fire or hazmat.
lakm October 14, 2011 at 01:29 AM
wow that must be one heck of a drug to make you disoriented just by touching it! well i guess if she ripped it open maybe she inhaled it.
Jason October 14, 2011 at 01:32 AM
overreaction
Steven Muccioli October 14, 2011 at 01:32 AM
Eric, It prob might Actually be both Because In most cases Haz mat and The local Fire Company will be alerted to respond,like In this Situation it sounds like from the decontamination an engine(s) was there and maybe 1-3 Haz-mat Units were on scene
Robert Armstrong October 14, 2011 at 10:02 AM
People pay good money to feel that way.
Nick October 14, 2011 at 10:09 AM
Maybe she should stop sniffing the mail.
Rich Gardiner October 14, 2011 at 11:04 AM
Brad the actual product has not been officially determined to be a narcotic. The headline is misleading. Also the HCSO has issued an update to the event.
Brad Gerick October 14, 2011 at 04:53 PM
I deleted a comment from Phillip for use of excessive profanity. http://belair.patch.com/terms -BG
mark t. ward October 17, 2011 at 05:26 PM
You would think the Harford County Sheriff's office would be using drug dogs to check all mail coming in to the Detention Center............

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