GBI changes procedures after fentanyl spill at police station

The GBI said Thursday that its lab procedures in handling fentanyl have been modified after a hazardous spill was reported Wednesday at a metro Atlanta police station.

Two officers were transporting fentanyl from the GBI crime lab about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday when they noticed it spilled in their vehicle, Duluth police spokesman Ted Sadowski said.

The police department parking lot in the 3200 block of Buford Highway was immediately quarantined and hazmat crews used water hoses to clean surfaces that may have been exposed to the dangerous drug, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

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The GBI’s assessment of the spill “determined that evidence containing a powder of fine furanyl fentanyl leaked through untaped corners and seams of a cardboard box,” GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said in a news release. 

New procedures for packaging drug evidence include enhanced sealing and new containment protocols, Miles said. 

The return of drug evidence to police departments has resumed, Miles said. 

Duluth police were involved in a hazmat situation after fentanyl spilled in a patrol vehicle Wednesday. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

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