ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Three Albuquerque Police Department officers were transported to the hospital on Monday evening after being exposed to cocaine at a substation. An APD officer was trying to arrest a suspect when the exposure happened. Hazmat responded to the substation and it was temporarily shut down.
An APD spokesperson says officers were responding to a domestic violence situation on Lafayette Drive around 9 p.m. When they arrived a man, John Duran, took off on a motorcycle. Police pulled him over and arrested him.
When they got to the northeast substation, the officer opened the door to take Duran inside. That’s when APD says the officer inhaled a cloud of a powdery white substance.
APD says the officer started to feel nauseous, had trouble breathing, and passed out. The officer was given Narcan and he and two other officers were taken to the hospital for exposure but are expected to be okay.
The substance was ultimately identified as cocaine and all officers were sent home from the hospital. Duran was booked on felony charges.