Half a kilogram of fentanyl seized in drug raid, several officers hospitalized

Three people have been arrested after officers seized half a kilogram in fentanyl powder from an apartment in Hartford, Connecticut. Several officers had to be treated for exposure to the potent drug.
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Three people have been arrested after officers seized half a kilogram in fentanyl powder from an apartment in Hartford, Connecticut. Several officers had to be treated for exposure to the potent drug.

Credit: City of Hartford Fire Department

Credit: City of Hartford Fire Department

Police in Hartford, Connecticut said they seized half a kilogram of fentanyl in a drug raid Thursday that sent several officers to the hospital for exposure to the dangerous drug.

Detectives from Hartford vice, intelligence and narcotics served a warrant to an apartment on Garden Street, when a suspect tried to destroy evidence and exposed police to the powder, WVIT reported.

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The building was declared uninhabitable and over a dozen people had to be temporarily relocated.

Police said half a kilogram of fentanyl, a firearm, ammunition, drug packaging and $4,000 in cash were seized, WTNH reported.

Hartford residents Raymond Vazquez, 38, Luis Diaz, 42, and Francheska Muniz-Rodriguez, 28 have been charged with several counts related to drug possession and trafficking, according to WVIT.

They are expected back in court next month.

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