Prosecutor’s Prank Paralyzes Queens Courthouse After Crushed Tylenol Is Taken for Anthrax

In the last week we’ve learned a lot about what’s acceptable to bring into a courtroom. Heroin: Good. Tylenol: Bad.

Potential anthrax. (Getty)
Potential anthrax. (Getty)

In the last week we’ve learned a lot about what’s acceptable to bring into a courtroom. Heroin: Good. Tylenol: Bad.

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A Queens Criminal Court was sent into a panic yesterday after the cold medicine was mistaken for anthrax.

The Tylenol had been mailed from one assistant district attorney to another as a prank. Oh, those zany lawyers and their zany ways.

A law enforcement source said the ADA mailed “baby Tylenol” to a colleague who “had been complaining that he had cold and flu symptoms … He was whining and complaining about it for a while.”

But the tablets were crushed in the mail and upon arrival, looked suspiciously powder-like in the court’s mailroom on Queens Boulevard.

Workers called 911 when they couldn’t identify the substance. The mailroom was evacuated and seven people were treated for exposure to a potentially toxic substance.

A spokeswoman for Queens DA Richard Brown refused to say if the prosecutor behind the prank — who was not named — would be reprimanded.

Prosecutor’s Prank Paralyzes Queens Courthouse After Crushed Tylenol Is Taken for Anthrax