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Sheriff's Office: Agent got ill after exposure to substance

Sheriff's Office: Agent got ill after exposure to substance
Posted at 10:24 AM, Dec 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-04 12:26:37-05

Authorities say they're investigating an incident in which a U.S. Border Patrol agent became ill after being exposed to an unknown substance during an encounter with a person suspected of being in the country illegally.

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office says the agent was taken to a hospital after having a physical reaction to the substance in a package during the encounter late Monday in Douglas.

The Sheriff's Office says it and the Border Patrol would investigate the incident and that a hazardous materials team took control of a package for identification purposes.

No additional information was released.