Letter prompts HazMat response

BERLIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – A suspicious letter brought HazMat crews to western Mahoning County Tuesday afternoon.

A woman at 6725 Bedell Road just south of U.S. Route 224 in Berlin Township went to get her mail and found white powder coming from an envelope.

She called emergency officials as a precaution. The white powder turned out to be a very small amount of cocaine.

“She had sent her son out in California some university documents that he needed for school. She sent that in the beginning of February and just got it back, said it was undeliverable. The documents were not in the envelope. They were gone. That’s when she found the little white baggie of the white substance in there,” said Berlin Township Fire Chief Rick Peppel.

The woman will not be facing any charges, and officials think it was some type of scam.

In addition to HazMat, the Berlin Township Fire Department and the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.

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