Fentanyl Spill Temporarily Shuts Down Jail Intake
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine jail officials say they shut down the intake area of the Cumberland County Jail when fentanyl was found spilled in the back of a police cruiser.
Capt. Wayne Pike said in a statement that he was transporting a 29-year-old suspect to the jail early Sunday morning when he discovered the suspect spilled fentanyl on the floor of his cruiser's backseat. Pike says the jail intake had to be shut down until the cruiser and intake area could be decontaminated.
Pike says a sheriff's deputy and the suspect were evaluated for fentanyl exposure. Officials suffered no ill effects and no other officers were exposed.
According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, fentanyl is an extremely powerful synthetic opioid.