A substance discovered in a cell at Central Men’s Jail earlier this week was found to be a narcotic after Orange County Fire Authority’s hazardous materials crew investigated.

An inmate in the jail cell was transferred for an unknown medical condition to a local hospital at about 6:15 p.m Tuesday, the Orange County Register reported. After the patient was removed, jail officers searched the cell and found a small unknown substance that prompted the call for a hazmat evaluation, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz said in remarks reported by the Register.

Hazmat collected a sample of the substance as a precaution and determined that it was a narcotic. However, the sample was too small to determine the exact type, Kurtz said.

The area was decontaminated and cleared about 10 p.m. Tuesday. No injuries were reported and it is unknown if the substance found in the jail cell is related to the inmate who was transferred to a hospital, according to the Register.

—City News Service


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