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Inmate overdose leads to discovery of drugs inside jail

Investigation into how they got there underway
Posted at 5:38 PM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 20:10:36-05

CLEVELAND — Cuyahoga County investigators are trying to figure out how drugs got inside the county's troubled jail.

The problem was discovered Friday night after an inmate had to be treated for an overdose. A county spokesperson says corrections officers administered two doses of Narcan to the inmate who had to be treated at the hospital before returning to jail.

Booking records show the 44-year-old inmate has been in jail since August.

Officers conducted a search of the housing units where the man was being held and discovered more drugs. A spokesperson wouldn't say what kinds of drugs or how much was found, but says an investigation is underway to determine how the drugs made it into the facility.

Eight Cuyahoga County inmates have died since last summer.

5 On Your Side Investigators requested a breakdown of how many overdoses have happened inside the jail. Weeks later, we're still waiting on those numbers from the county.