Ventura Sheriff’s Detectives in Good Condition After Exposure to Substance

RESEDA (CNS) – Two Ventura County sheriff’s detectives were in good condition today and were expected to make a full recovery after they were exposed to an unknown substance while conducting an arrest at an apartment in Reseda.

The two detectives were searching the apartment in the 19300 block of Sherman Way about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when they came into contact with “an unknown powdery substance and became ill,” according to sheriff’s Sgt. Timothy Lohman.

Sheriff’s Capt. Denise Silva told CBS2 that a detective inhaled the powdery substance, lost consciousness, and had to be carried out by her fellow detective.

Paramedics were sent to the apartment and took the two detectives to a hospital. CBS2 reported a woman who was in the apartment at the time was also treated and was expected to be OK.

The two detectives were carrying kits that treat drug exposure, Silva noted. They were able to use those until Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics arrived on scene.

Hazmat teams later examined the substance and “confirmed the presence of dangerous opiates,” according to the sheriff’s department.

The search was conducted after Alexandro Gomez was arrested at the apartment, according to the sheriff’s department. Gomez is suspected of committing a commercial burglary in Thousand Oaks in January.

He was booked at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility and his bail was set at $110,000. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Ventura Superior Court on March 3, 2022

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