A man died, and two other men were critically injured, inside an apartment in Santa Ana on Wednesday where first responders found the white, powdery substance fentanyl, a powerful opioid, strewn across one of the bedrooms, police said.
Officers responded to an emergency call from an apartment located at the Villa Del Sol Apartment Homes, located in the 800 block of South Fairview, at about 10 a.m., the Santa Ana Police Department reported.
Inside the home police found a woman and three children in one of the bedrooms who were quickly escorted outside. They also located a deceased 30-year-old man, and transported two other men, ages 18 and 25, who were in critical condition to a hospital. The two men were upgraded to stable condition as of 3 p.m., police said.
"This is because the trend of drug dealers using fentanyl to cut their narcotics with. It's very dangerous and an issue for all law enforcement and fire across the nation," Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
First responders found the white, powdery substance on a table inside of one of the bedrooms, and were handling it with "caution."
"Based on the decedent bleeding from the nose and the things they observed, we train people to immediately evacuate the apartment and call the Hazmat unit," Bertagna said.
Aerial images from Sky5 showed a hazardous material crew on scene working to determine what the white substance was, which was later confirmed to be fentanyl.
Police told KTLA drug paraphernalia was found inside the apartment and said it's possible the men were fatally and critically injured due to a fentanyl overdose.
Bertagna said the women, children and first responders were all decontaminated. The children were later placed in child protective services.
KTLA's Meghan McMonigle contributed to this story.