On Sunday night, April 10, 2022, Jefferson County Jail staff was notified of an inmate at who was discovered to be unresponsive in his cell. Medical personnel were immediately notified and began life saving measures. Unfortunately, they were unable to revive male inmate. On Monday night, April 11, 2022, jail staff was again notified of an unresponsive inmate. Again, life saving measures were administered to the inmate but were unsuccessful. Evidence located on each scene suggests that illegal drugs may have played a part in the deaths, but that cannot be confirmed until toxicology reports are completed.
Substantial efforts to locate the source of the suspected drugs are underway. A modified lock down, as well as strategic searches of the jail are underway. Those actions, along with other investigative measures which cannot be disclosed, are hoped to expose the origin of the suspected narcotics. Other preventative measures were previously implemented in hopes of thwarting any type of undetected substances entering the facility. “We are working hard to keep forbidden items out of our jails. Unfortunately, the inmates are working just as hard to find a way to get them inside,” said Deputy Chief David Agee. “We will continue to increase our level of security to defeat the breaches before and as they occur.”