White powder, believed to be drugs, found on Burlington street

BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Police are investigating after a woman reported seeing a white powder in plastic bags in the middle of the street in Burlington.

Assistant Chief Chris Verdeck said officers responded to the 2600 block of Eldermont Street just before 8 a.m. Thursday. After initial testing, officers believe the powder is heroin laced with Fentanyl.

The woman who found the bags spoke to FOX8 but asked not to be named.

"At first, I thought it was sugar," she said. "Just a bag of sugar. And then I never seen sugar in those tiny, Ziploc bags."

She said once she got home, her husband is the one who called 911.

"That is the right thing to do," Verdeck said. "They saw something, they said something. If it does turn out to be narcotics, that's very dangerous to have laying out in the middle of the road. And it was a lot of it."

"We have a school bus that picks up kids around here," the woman said. "I'd really hate for anybody to get a hold of drugs. But especially kids."

Verdeck said emergency management crews and a private company, Enviro-Safe, helped with cleanup. He said a small amount of the white powder had spilled out of the bags, into the street.

He said police will test the bags for fingerprints to see if they can determine who the owner is and how the bags got there.

Police were called to the same street Wednesday night for a report of shots fired. Officers could not verify that call and said they are not sure if it is related to the white powder that was found.