December 10, 2018

On Sunday, December 9, 2018, the Portage County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into the possibility of drugs being smuggled into the Portage County Jail facility.

 At 10:13 a.m. medical personnel were notified of an individual who had possibly overdosed.  Medical personnel responded and called for an ambulance.  A male inmate was transported to University Hospital.

 At approximately 12:15 p.m., a jail nurse who was involved earlier in the treatment of the inmate,  became ill from possibly being exposed to suspected Fentanyl. The nurse was in the medical facility and was discovered on the floor of the medical unit.  The nurse was administered Narcan prior to being transported to UH.  

The male inmate who was transported for a possible drug overdose was treated at the hospital and returned to the jail.  The nurse was admitted to UH for further observation. 

Investigators of the Portage County Drug Task Force as well as detectives from the Portage County Sheriff’s Office, began an investigation into the incident.

 During the investigation, officers and jail personnel emptied, searched and decontaminated four Pods in the jail, as well as the medical unit. In two separate cells of the maximum security ward, a small amount of substance was recovered that tested positive initially to contain Fentanyl and methamphetamine. 

Once the investigation is complete, evidence will be given to the Prosecutor’s Office for possible criminal charges. 

By the authority of,

David W. Doak