MANCHESTER, NH– On April 27 a team of law enforcement agents, including members of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Manchester Police Department, and Manchester Fire Department, made entry to a building at Redstone Apartments, 50 Sentinel Court, and then made forcible entry in to an apartment. All members of the team wore full hazardous material suits and breathing apparatus. MFD Rescue 1 staged with the Haz-Mat trailer, Engine 8 and 9 staged, and American Medical Response/Advanced Life Support transport and a supervisor staged while entry was made to the residence.
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This type of response – and use of the DEA team ingeneral – is typically used for dangerous situations such as meth labs. It is unknown if this is in any way related to the recent warning regarding a powerful opioid known ascarfentanil,which has been identified in New Hampshire, including deaths linked to the drug in Manchester.New Hampshire is the first state in New England to have documented deaths from the drug, which is used as an elephant tranquilizer.