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16 employees treated after Fentanyl-laced letter sent to DC Department of Corrections

Nine people were treated at the scene and seven were taken to the Washington Hospital Center after a Fentanyl-laced letter was sent to the DC Dept. of Corrections. Thursday, March 15, 2018 (ABC7 photo)

Officials said 16 employees were treated after a Fentanyl-laced letter was discovered in the mail room of the DC Department of Corrections on Thursday.

Nine people were treated at the scene and seven were taken to the Washington Hospital Center.

The substance was detected during the screening process in the mail room, according to authorities.

WATCH LIVE: DC Fire and EMS officials provide an update on suspicious letter found at DC Department of Corrections.

A preliminary investigation was launched after a suspicious letter was reportedly sent to the DC Department of Corrections.

The incident occurred at 1901 E St., SE.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

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