The downtown Wichita post office was closed Monday afternoon after a customer reported seeing a small plastic bag filled with an unknown white substance later determined to be drugs.
The customer, who had spotted the bag in a parking lot, alerted a postal employee, who brought it inside, said Sgt. Donald Kimball,spokesman for the Wichita Police Department.
The post office called 911 at about 3 p.m. and Wichita police officers and the Wichita Fire Department Hazmat team went to the scene.
“Employees and customers were removed from the area where the baggie was located, and tests were conducted to make sure there was no dangerous substance,” Kimball said.
The substance turned out to be crushed acetaminophen. It had been mixed, Kimball said, with a weak cut of powdered cocaine.
“It was nothing of any immediate danger to the public,” Kimball said.
The downtown post office was shut down for about an hour while authorities investigated the bag’s contents.
The tests were conducted at the scene by the Wichita Fire Department and the Wichita Environmental Services Department.