The bag of white powder that kicked off a hazmat scare after being found in a University of Virginia bathroom Thursday morning turned out to be cocaine, said Sgt. Darrell Byers of the Albemarle County police.
Dispatch records indicate the cocaine was found in a second floor women’s restroom in the Sheridan G. Snyder Translational Research Building and Fontaine Research Park.
The Charlottesville Fire Department’s regional hazmat team responded after the powder was found, confirmed Charlottesville Fire Chief Charles Werner in an email. After determining the substance wasn’t hazardous, fire officials turned the case over to the county police, according to Werner.
The amount of cocaine was relatively small, consistent with personal use rather than distribution, Byers said. He said investigators will have a tough time figuring out who left behind the cocaine.
“It’d be hard to say who took what into a restroom,” he said.