White powdery substance found at HFD station prompts investigation


by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News


Posted on December 1, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 6:32 PM

HOUSTON—Investigators are probing the discovery of what could be cocaine inside a Houston Fire Station.

Police confirmed a package containing a white powdery substance was located inside the living quarters of Station 17 on Thursday night.

Firefighters reportedly left the station for a brief while police began investigating the discovery.

According to police, the powder has the appearance of a controlled substance. 

Neighbors who live behind the fire station on Navigation Road east of downtown want to know more.

“You put a lot of trust with the fire dept and HPD. It’s something you don’t expect to happen. It raises a lot of concerns, like what is really going on in these fire departments,” said neighbor Albert Martinez.

The Houston Fire Department would not speculate on who could be responsible.

A spokesman released the following statement:

‘Yesterday evening (Nov. 29, 2012), we received a report that an unknown substance, that had the appearance of a controlled substance, was found at fire station 17. We are currently conducting an administrative investigation concurrent with a Houston Police Department investigation. It is against our policy to comment on the details of an ongoing investigation and it would be inappropriate for us to comment on another agency’s ongoing investigation, except to tell you that the HFD is assisting and will continue to provide whatever resources are necessary in this investigation.”