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Police, Suspect Quarantined After Bellmore Post Office Cyanide Scare


Nassau County police, U.S. Marshals and a suspected fugitive were quarantined outside of the Bellmore Post Office Friday while officials investigate whether the suspect was in possession of cyanide.

The area surrounding the post office was blocked off at approximately 10 a.m. Friday after a container with a notation indicating it was sodium cyanide was found inside a woman’s car.

Federal Marshals arrested the unidentified woman, who is in her 40s. She was wanted on out-of-state arrest warrants for identity theft and other charges, officials said.


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Police spokesman Lt. Kevin Smith said testing on the substance was under way. The amount recovered was not clear.

Smith said there have been no reports of ill effects.

With The Associated Press

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