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Package sickens immigration employees, prompts evacuation

Posted June 8, 2010

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— Durham police evacuated an immigration office Tuesday morning after employees found a suspicious package and three said they felt sick.

UPS delivered the package between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday to the U.S. Bureau of Citizen & Immigration Services office, at 301 Roycroft Drive. One employee said she felt nauseated and went home, police said.

On Tuesday, the employee returned to work, and she and two co-workers became ill, police said.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office Suspicious package found at immigration center

Police described the package as an envelope with an oily residue.

"We don't know what could be inside, and we don't know what the mindset of a person could be. With that, we have to make sure that safety comes first," said Capt. D.C. Allen of the Durham Police Department.

Authorities isolated the package and evacuated the building.

"We do know that there were no threats or anything that was attached to the package, and we do at this point have an idea where the package originated," Allen said.

The three employees underwent a decontamination process and were taken to a local hospital as a precaution after complaining of irritated eyes and upset stomachs, according to police. A fourth employee had already showered, so authorities said that person didn't need to go through decontamination.

Initial tests to determine if the package contained hazardous chemicals were negative.

Allen said the oily substance on the package had an odor, which might have been what sickened the employees.

People were allowed back in the building by 1 p.m., and immigration officials said operations returned to normal.

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  • sunneyone Jun 9, 2010

    Alwayslovingu30, you think sending a suspicious package through the mail is the proper way to get the Governor's attention? Seriously? That's a demented way of thinking. You want to express how you feel? Write a letter to her, make a sign and stand on the Capitol lawn, write a letter to the editor of you local paper. It doesn't take breaking the law and causing panic to get your point across.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 8, 2010

    ""The rabid right wants to dismiss this like they did the August 6th 2001 Presidential Briefing."

    Another lefty proving the depth of their ignorance. Have you received your party uniform yet?

  • meBNme Jun 8, 2010

    "The rabid right wants to dismiss this like they did the August 6th 2001 Presidential Briefing."

    What? Where do you folks come UP with this stuff?

  • WhoMan Jun 8, 2010

    WOLF! WOLF!

  • mulecitybabe Jun 8, 2010

    If it only took a shower to get rid of the contamination, why didn't they all just take one?

  • iworkandpaytaxes Jun 8, 2010

    The rabid right wants to dismiss this like they did the August 6th 2001 Presidential Briefing.

  • iworkandpaytaxes Jun 8, 2010

    Some how it seems that some one is telling the governor she is doing things wrong an its the only way to get thru to the crook Perdue.she has done enough to be empeached but they still keep her in office why.she was even in on Easleys bull but she is still free why is that.Perdue will not even answer questions from People.I have submitted A set of questions 3 times she doesnt respond
    alwayslovingu30

    If you send powder in the mail you are a COWARD. PERIOD. I wouldnt respond either to a sentence that long. Learn English then worry about politics.

  • djofraleigh Jun 8, 2010

    >Methinks that if the news did not put such high importance on this until it was proven that the delivery was something other than baking flour, people probably would not be so inspired to send the stuff.<

    Me thinks thee is right

  • ACCCCCK Jun 8, 2010

    @alwayslovingu30 - If your "set of questions 3 times" looks anything like your post, it's no wonder that she has not responded.

  • alwayslovingu30 Jun 8, 2010

    Some how it seems that some one is telling the governor she is doing things wrong an its the only way to get thru to the crook Perdue.she has done enough to be empeached but they still keep her in office why.she was even in on Easleys bull but she is still free why is that.Perdue will not even answer questions from People.I have submitted A set of questions 3 times she doesnt respond

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