SANTA FE (KRQE) - Preliminary tests show the white, powdery substance found in an envelope addressed to a Santa Fe District Court judge is not dangerous.
The First Judicial District Courthouse was evacuated shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday when an employee in the clerk's office opened the envelope.
"So as soon as that happened we shut down the ventilation system," Chief Judge Raymond Ortiz told KRQE News 13. "They immediately isolated those particular employees. Everybody vacated the building immediately."
County officials say 19 people were quarantined inside the clerk's office.
All other employees were sent home for the day as the investigation got underway.
The envelope was addressed to Judge Stephen Pfeffer.
This comes just two days after a white powdery substance was found in an envelope addressed to Gov. Susana Martinez at the capitol several blocks from the courthouse. That powder was also found not to be toxic .
The Santa Fe county sheriff says they're prepared for situations like this.
Sheriff Robert Garcia said investigator will be looking into whether there's a connection between the courthouse and capitol incidents. He also acknowledged these kinds of mailings could continue
The FBI has taken over the investigation. They are waiting on final results from the state lab.
The county courthouse is expected to reopen Thursday morning.
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