Fentanyl Prompts Arrest, Hazmat Call in Lowell
LOWELL -- A chemical scare caused by the discovery of fentanyl during a traffic stop was neutralized by emergency crews in the city’s downtown neighborhood Friday night, authorities say.
More than 10 grams of fentanyl was discovered by police after a vehicle, driven by 33-year-old Pedro Cruz, was pulled over on Church Street, according to Lowell police Capt. James Hodgdon.
The Lowell Fire Department Hazmat Division was requested to the scene to decontaminate Cruz’s vehicle due to the presence of the powerful opioid-based drug.
The police cruiser Cruz was placed in was also decontaminated. Cruz was transported to Lowell General Hospital for decontamination, Hodgdon added.
Lowell police charged Cruz with trafficking 10 grams or more of fentanyl. He will be arraigned on Monday.
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