By Associated Press - Tuesday, October 2, 2018

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - The Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury is under lockdown after authorities learned that the drug fentanyl may have been smuggled into the jail.

The Corrections Department and the Vermont State Police, along with two police dogs, began searching the facility and inmates on Tuesday.

The painkiller fentanyl is strong and sometimes mixed into street drugs without buyers’ knowledge, leading to overdose deaths. Officials say they learned that up to 20 bags of fentanyl may have been brought in by an individual who was lodged at the facility over the weekend.

They’ve found several packets containing a powdery substance that state police will test.

Officials also have notified inmates of the dangers and treatment of fentanyl use and brought in an extra case of an overdose antidote.

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