HMN-CBS Pittsburgh reports that 18 SWAT officers were sent to the hospital after a raid left them ‘Dizzy’ and suffering from numbness. The officers were exposed to an airborne contaminant, possibly fentanyl.
WEST END (KDKA) – More than a dozen officers were hospitalized after agents raided a home in the West End Wednesday morning.
Around 6 a.m., several agencies, began executing federal search warrants at three locations in the West End. Two houses on Lakewood Avenue and one on Bond Street were targeted.
At one of those locations, SWAT team members were exposed to an unknown airborne chemical substance.
Eighteen SWAT officers were taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital after the exposure caused them to become dizzy and suffer numbness. All have since been medically cleared.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the chemical substance was possibly fentanyl.
The agencies involved in the raid included U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security, Pittsburgh police, Pittsburgh SWAT and state police.
Several people were arrested in the drug raids.