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Deputies & First Responders Sickened During Drug Search

Five law enforcement officials and first responders, as well as a store employee, were sickened during a recent drug search in Georgia. All required medical treatment. 

Five law enforcement officials and first responders, as well as a store employee, were sickened during a recent drug search in Georgia. All required medical treatment.

A-1 Smoke Shop in Jasper was being searched by drug task force on Friday when a detective opened a container and reportedly started feeling dizzy before he vomited. He also showed signs of high blood pressure.

Another detective, a drug task force agent, two emergency services personnel and a store employee were also treated for symptoms as a result of the findings from the north Georgia smoke shop. All were transported to the hospital and have since been released.

Officials believe they found a narcotic, but are waiting for official test results to confirm it. As a precaution, hazard materials crews were called in. The crews took samples and decontaminated the area.

Store owner Atulkumar J. Patel was arrested on charges of possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute and distributing nitrous oxide.

Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."

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