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NYPD Officers Hospitalized by Irritant From Rego Park Apt., Officials Say

NYPD Officers Hospitalized by Irritant From Rego Park Apt., Officials Say”

An NYPD sergeant and seven officers were hospitalized early Friday morning after being sickened by fumes while responding to a call in Rego Park, Queens, police said. Investigators are securing the apartment and will determine exactly what caused the officers to become ill.

After entering a fifth-floor apartment on Saunders Street and 63rd Drive in Rego Park, the officers were exposed to an unknown substance, according to Assistant Chief Juanita Holmes, the commander of Patrol Borough Queens North.

Medics also transported the emotionally disturbed suspect to Elmhurst General Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation - but not before an FDNY Hazmat team decontaminated him, law enforcement sources said.

The identity of the 39-year-old man wasn't released and he hadn't been charged, police said.

Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. As of late Friday the results of the test for fentanyl weren't know, said another police official.

Police later obtained a search warrant for the apartment.

There they found what they believed was heroin mixed with fentanyl which is a growing trend that is quite deadly.

Medics rushed the officers to a nearby hospital, where they were treated and released. Law enforcement officials around the country view the presence of fentanyl in heroin as a significant problem.

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