More than a dozen SWAT officers were hospitalized after agents conducted a raid at a home near Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania Wednesday morning.
At around 7 a.m., agents surrounded a home on Bond Street in the West End. This was a coordinated effort involving U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security.
According to police officials, a total of 18 SWAT officers and agents were taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital after being exposed to an unknown chemical substance. The unidentified substance became airborne, causing the officers to become dizzy and suffer numbness.
Federal officials suspect the chemical substance was a form of fentanyl, the deadly synthetic painkiller sometimes sold as a substitute for heroin, or mixed with that drug by dealers.
All the affected agents were evaluated and medically cleared, and none were harmed in the incident.
Earlier, several federal officers had a person in handcuffs a few blocks away on Lakewood Street. The person has not been identified.
Acting U.S. Attorney Soo Song says the operation was a raid on three homes in an ongoing drug investigation. She expects a criminal complaint to be filed later Wednesday.
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