$19K worth of meat tossed after syringe contact

POULSBO — About $19,000 worth of meat and other food items were tossed out on Friday at a Walmart in Poulsbo after a 33-year-old man apparently stuck a hypodermic syringe into a package of meat on display at the store.

Poulsbo Police Chief Al Townsend said the Kingston man was arrested Saturday morning at a house in Hansville and booked into Kitsap County Jail. He was also treated at a local hospital for an infection in his hand.

Townsend does not believe any customers were affected.

The Kitsap Sun reported that a customer found a syringe sticking out of a package of sausage about 6 a.m. Friday. Store employees removed the meat, called police and sealed off the meat section of the store with plastic. The syringe itself had no needle and did not appear to be used, as the inside was dry.

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