Christmas card containing fentanyl sent to NC inmates intercepted by detention officers

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Union County Sheriff

UNION COUNTY, N.C. (WJZY) — Two detention center officers in Union County received treatment after being exposed to a Christmas card containing fentanyl that was originally intended for inmates, officials said on Wednesday.

The incident occurred on Tuesday while sorting through mail. A portion of a Christmas card had been glued down and while using a letter opener to separate the two sections, a white powdery substance fell into one of the officer’s hands and some of the substance went airborne, exposing a second officer, officials said.

Officers later found a second card. Both cards were addressed to inmates occupying the same cell.

An initial investigation involving CSI identified Monroe residents Fabian Pagan, 35, and Christy Pendry, 43.

Union County Sheriff

Fentanyl is a powerful prescription opioid drug that is intended to treat severe pain. It is a high risk of addiction. It can cause respiratory issues and even death, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Both officers were treated and released. This remains an active investigation.


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