Calaveras County inmate charged after overdosing on allegedly smuggled fentanyl, exposing officer
A Calaveras County inmate has been charged after both she and a guard were exposed to the fentanyl she had allegedly smuggled into jail, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Late on the afternoon of August 12, a corrections officer conducting security checks discovered an inmate, a 37-year-old woman, apparently passed out in her cell. While providing medical aid, officers noticed a white powdery substance on the floor and cleared everyone out.
Both the inmate and the guard who found her reportedly began exhibiting symptoms of possible exposure to and overdose of an opioid. Both were treated with several doses of Narcan and transported to a nearby medical center for further treatment.
Later, when questioned, the inmate reportedly admitted to secretly smuggling fentanyl into jail and had accidentally overdosed. The inmate, whose name has not been released, now faces new charges relating to possession of a controlled substance, as well as a charge of assault upon a corrections officer likely to produce great bodily injury.