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Heroin package creates hazmat scare in Fayetteville

Posted February 24, 2014

Two women were found unconscious at 6433 Wilson Ave. in Fayetteville on Feb. 24, 2014, after coming into contact with an unidentified chemical in a package, authorities said.

— Two Fayetteville women were taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center on Monday afternoon after ingesting heroin laced with fentanyl that arrived in a mailed package, authorities said.

Authorities received a 911 call at about 3 p.m. about the women losing consciousness at 6433 Wilson Ave. after receiving the package, and the Fayetteville Fire Department dispatched its hazmat team to what was believed to be a contamination incident.

The hazmat team decontaminated the women before paramedics took them to the hospital, and the team also decontaminated two children and a man who were at the house.

The hazmat team also isolated the package until authorities could identify what was inside.

Shortly after 5 p.m., authorities said they determined the women had been expecting the package and that it contained the powerful narcotic. Investigators said the fentanyl in the heroin made the drug 50 times more powerful as plain heroin.

There was no word on the women's condition.


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  • Justic4All Feb 26, 2014

    This is the second heroin story in NC in the last week. It has the same basic message that heroin use is on the rise! Having deaths occur while ingesting, (not shooting or injection via a needle), snorting, (sniffing), through the nostril of the nose on your face allows the media to elevate the story of deaths by use of heroin to the TOP story of the day.

  • Justic4All Feb 26, 2014

    I wish it would run it's course but in NC it is just the opening volley even though the cut drug comes from elsewhere. Makes me wonder who, ( what organization), can afford to take heroin and then cut it, (dilute the purity), with another narcotic that is controlled at the pharmacy level and very expensive in it own right. Then the finished product is being distributed at the street level at regular street prices? What organization can afford this not for profit concoction? It kills people, it is not making addicts, heroin does it nicely on its own when cut with baby formula or whatever substance is used to cut heroin but the big distributors? I don't know what is usually used but another expensive narcotic is not is. OK, now...Who has lost the war on marijuana? Who cares about crack cocaine, plain cocaine? Don't hardly hear about it. Who needs a new enemy to fight to justify their existence? People are pawns to these agencies. NC liberal media and people are perfect pawns for them

  • Mallie Feb 25, 2014

    mafiamic Feb 24, 7:46 p.m. "Ever since marijuana has become acceptable in most states or going to be,there has been a lot of stories lately on heroin then before? Could this be the new drug of just say no to,next it will be coke again?"

    You are seeing more stories about Heroin because it’s on the rise big time because it’s so cheap…10 bucks a hit. It’s quickly becoming the drug of choice for teens because it’s so cheap.

  • 68_dodge_polara Feb 25, 2014

    This thing will run it's course.

  • Justic4All Feb 25, 2014

    Let's backup, " dwr1964 Feb 24, 6:39 p.m.
    How was this 'ingested"?" take (food, drink, or another substance) into the body by swallowing or absorbing it.

    I thought a minimum age requirement was needed to post here?

  • xylem01 Feb 25, 2014

    @MafiaMic - Keep up son! It's been going on for decades around here. It's called I-95, I-85 and I-40. Blame it on the doctors that prescripbe opiates and opioids and then cut their patients off after they've become addicted.

  • dwr1964 Feb 24, 2014

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    Sorry...I have never seen a gun that jumps up and shoots anyone. That kind of thinking is why governments are trying to outlaw guns. Stupid thinking.

  • Maureen Mercer Feb 24, 2014
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    They were expecting the heroine, ingested the heroin, and they should have died and then we would not have to pay for their medical care, court costs and jail time. I pity the kids in the home.

  • mafiamic Feb 24, 2014

    Ever since marijuana has become acceptable in most states or going to be,there has been a lot of stories lately on heroin then before?
    Could this be the new drug of just say no to,next it will be coke again?

  • Justic4All Feb 24, 2014

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    The article leaves it to your imagination but I suspect heroin cut with fentanyl has the same effect as a loaded gun that jumps in peoples hands before it pulls its own trigger. The combo drug, sprays unsuspecting nostrils of all within its range causing ingestion to occur. I think they should pass a llaw to not allow the drug to make such careless leaps into unsuspecting victims.