Seconds after bursting through the door of a Hayward motel room, the Alameda County Narcotics Task Force already had the man it was hunting in custody. Ten seconds later – lips tingling, eyes burning – the veteran detective who was first through the door realized something was wrong. Pale and sweating profusely, a few more seconds ticked by as the detective stepped outside to get some air. That’s where all hell broke loose – and where the detective says he nearly died.
“I remember thinking I can barely hold myself up right now,” said the detective, who NBC Bay Area is not identifying because of his undercover work. “My whole body was starting to shut down. I felt it taking over my whole body.”