YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Two inmates at the Mahoning County Jail suffered overdoses on Monday night and had to be revived.
Investigators released surveillance video of the inmates being revived and one being wheeled away on a stretcher.
Deputies say the pair fell unconscious after suffering drug overdoses within about 20 minutes of each other.
“Our nursing staff issued Narcan, which brought both of them back, and they were transported to the hospital,” Major Jeff Allen said.
Detectives searched the inmate area for several hours with drug-sniffing K9s from a number of local departments. They said the dogs made hits on Victor Slocum’s cell.
Slocum was arrested by Struthers Police on Sunday night after a traffic stop. He was about to be released on bond when the overdoses occurred.
During that traffic stop, investigators said Slocum acted like he was hiding something.
“Struthers Police Department found a white powder on him but could not determine what narcotic it was. It wasn’t testing positive for heroin or cocaine,” Allen said.
Deputies are testing the substance to determine if it is fentanyl, an opiate 30 to 50 times stronger than heroin.
Allen says prisoners bringing drugs into the jail is nothing new, but is very difficult to detect.
“The majority that we see coming in are coming in the inmate’s body cavity, which we are unable to search without a search warrant. To get a search warrant, we have to have knowledge and probable cause to do so.”
Even before Monday’s incident, Sheriff Jerry Greene says he and his staff had been looking to purchase a body-scanning device that works like an X-ray machine.
“It’ll help big time. Especially with inmates coming in that know they’re going to be sentenced ahead of time, that have planned out how they’re going to bring the drug in,” Greene said.
Slocum remains in jail, now accused of bringing drugs into the facility, as well as trafficking.