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White powder found in Georgia jail where 2 people died

September 8, 2021 GMT

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A white powder was found in a Georgia jail where two people died this week, authorities said Wednesday.

Two people being held at the Gwinnett County jail were found unconscious Monday and later died, the county sheriff’s office said in a news release late Tuesday.

“While we believe this is a contained incident, the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office has taken immediate precautions by notifying the resident population of the white powdery substance that was found in our facility,” the sheriff’s office said on Twitter.

The sheriff’s office is reviewing policies, procedures and training and called the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to lead the probe into the deaths.

“We are deeply concerned over the unexpected deaths of these two individuals,” Sheriff Keybo Taylor said in a news release. “We are fully cooperating with the G.B.I.’s investigation.”