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Resource ID: #21803
Subject: Police
Source: Times Herald-Record (Middletown, N.Y.)
Date: July 25, 2004



This investigation reveals the circumstances behind the heroin overdose of a woman in the county jail. Through interviews and a review of sworn statements from inmates, correction officer logs, incident reports and other documents, Scott found that even after officers discovered a hypodermic needle in another inmate's bag, she was able to smuggle a large amount of heroin into the jail; the drug circulated among inmates for more than four days; and the woman, a 26-year-old mother of two, lay dead or dying in her cell for almost 11 hours before being found.

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