4 inmates overdose, 1 dies at NC detention center

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RUTHERFORDTON, N.C. (WSPA) – Four inmates overdosed and one inmate died at the Rutherford County Detention Center.

According to the sheriff’s office, on Jan. 12 at 4:56 a.m. a med-tech nurse and a detention officer located inmate Andrew Franklin Hodge unresponsive in his cell. Hodge was being housed in the cell by himself.

EMS and the Rutherfordton Fire Department arrived on the scene and soon after pronounced Hodge dead, deputies said. Sheriff Chris Francis requested the State Bureau of Investigation to come and investigate the death.

Officials said Hodge was being held on no bond for multiple charges, including murder and discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling. The investigation into Hodge’s death is ongoing.

On the evening of Jan. 11, four inmates were transported from the Rutherford County Detention Facility to Rutherford Regional Hospital because of overdose symptoms, RCSO said. Narcan was used. EMS and the fire department responded and all four inmates were responsive before being transported to the hospital.

Deputies said the inmates were medically cleared and taken back to the detention center, where they were placed in special observation cells.

The Criminal Apprehension Team, Narcotic Unit and deputies searched several cells to try and locate what the inmates may have ingested, officials said. The investigation as to where the drugs came from and how they entered the Rutherford County Detention Facility and led to the overdoses is ongoing.

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