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FBI, Sanford police investigating 3 off-duty Orlando officers possibly poisoned while out drinking

SANFORD, Fla. — The FBI is assisting Sanford police In an investigation into the possible drugging of three off-duty Orlando police officers.

The three officers got sick following a night of drinking at several bars and restaurants last Wednesday, and at least two of them ended up in the hospital.

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One of the victims told police he had exchanged words with one of the bartenders on a previous occasion.

Sanford police has confirmed they are investigating this as a case of possible poisoning with the intent to kill or injure, and that the FBI has been involved.

Police said investigators showed up the next morning to ask questions and to look at surveillance video.

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The owner of Hollerbach’s sent a statement saying, "We are cooperating with the police in their investigation and our community stands with officer safety.”

The owner of Tuffy’s said he hopes people don’t rush to judgment.

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Blood and urine samples from at least one of the officers have been sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s crime lab, but results are not back yet.

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