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Cops entering home attacked by swarm of bedbugs


Newhouse News Service

Published on: 07/30/08

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Hudson County sheriff's officers who showed up at a home Tuesday morning looking for a weapon in connection with a domestic violence incident were overwhelmed by an infestation of bedbugs, prompting the fire department to set up a decontamination tent in the street.

Ten residents of the building as well as five sheriff's officers were quarantined in the two-and-a-half story building while fire officials brought people out to scrub them down in a special shower set up at the scene.

Two men were taken out of the building in handcuffs shortly before noon, even as officers dressed in full hazmat gear with oxygen masks went into the home.

Jersey City Fire Director Armando Roman said sheriff's officers were immediately bitten by the bugs when they entered the home; they also found drug paraphernalia, he said.

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