Tainted marijuana hospitalizes 9 New York inmates

Authorties believe the contraband was smuggled in by a recently committed inmate.
By Matt Bradwell   |   Aug. 4, 2014 at 2:55 PM
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GOSHEN, N.Y., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Nine inmates at Orange County Jail were hospitalized Saturday, after authorities say they ingested marijuana tainted by another illegal substance.

According to a Orange County Sheriff Carl DuBois, an inmate committed on Friday for parole violation smuggled in marijuana laced with an additional narcotic. On Saturday morning, the new inmate shared the loaded pot with eight other prisoners, all of whom, including himself, became visibly ill while in their cell block's exercise yard.

The inmates were taken to a nearby hospital where they were treated for side effects of the cocktail of drugs.

The incident remains under investigation, but authorities expect to charge the inmate who provided the drugs with promoting prison contraband and other charges related to the hospitalization of the other men.

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