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Opioid Substance Found at Jail, Officers and Inmates Medically Evaluated for Exposure

Further testing will be conducted on the substance as the investigation continues. All of the inmates in D-block were secured in their cells when the incident occurred which prevented them from being exposed. As an added precaution the inmates and the cell block have been decontaminated.

Posted: Nov 20, 2017 3:08 PM
Updated: Nov 21, 2017 5:21 PM

UPDATE 11/21/17: According to Sheriff Gladieux, the cause of the mysterious outbreak is believed to be caused by Spice, laced with some sort of opioid that was brought into the hail through confidential mail. That mixture is still being tested for a number of different drugs, one of which is fentanyl. The paper that the spice mixture was found on was lit on fire by an electrical outlet outside one of the cells.

Sheriff Gladieux says that in total, 34 people were contaminated, 11 of which had to have narcan given to them. Three more people were contaminated this morning by the mixture and crews are still working to decontaminate the cell block tonight. Gladieux, believes it’s time we reconsider allowing inmates to receive physical mail.

The investigation is still ongoing.

UPDATE: The number of people experiencing ill effects from exposure is now 31 total--10 this morning, 21 this afternoon. All of them are confinement officers except one nurse, with all of them reported as being condition A-.

The Allen County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an incident at the Jail.

Confinement officers responded to D-Block on the suspicion that inmates were smoking. Upon arrival officers searched a cell and located a piece of paper that appeared to be infused with an unknown substance. Initial tests on the substance showed positive for Opioids. All of the officers that entered the cell block reported smelling smoke and feeling strange. All of the inmates in D-block and B-block (which shares the same air handler) were observed by nurses and emergency medical technicians. Nine confinement officers and one nurse were transported to local hospitals to be evaluated.

Further testing will be conducted on the substance as the investigation continues. All of the inmates in D-block were secured in their cells when the incident occurred which prevented them from being exposed. As an added precaution the inmates and the cell block have been decontaminated.

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