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Two Schenectady County Jail inmates treated related to substances; Security measures increased, sheriff says

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The Schenectady County Sheriff is increasing security measures at the county jail after two inmates were treated related to substances at the jail, sheriff’s officials said.

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Both incidents happened April 20, officials said in a release Tuesday. As a result, the sheriff undertook a facility-wide searches for additional contraband and found some on three other inmates, officials said.

Officials did not identify the suspected cause of the medical incidents, but corrections supervisors and medical personal administered two doses of Narcan to revive one of the inmates, officials said.

The incident began when an inmate was taken to Ellis Hospital to be evaluated after they were found to be under the influence of an unknown substance, officials said.

After that incident, corrections officers swept the jail was swept and found one inmate was found with contraband, which was sent to the state police lab for testing.

Later that same day, another inmate was found unresponsive in the jail’s general housing area. That inmate was then revived with the two doses of Narcan, officials said.

Another search of the facility then led two other inmates contraband, which was also sent to the lab for testing.

Once lab results come back the inmates will be charged accordingly, officials said. It was not indicated how the contraband made it into the facility.

However, the department said Sheriff Dominic Dagostino has implemented new security measures including increased searches using correction officers and K-9’s from the Sheriff’s Department.

Dagostino could not be reached for further comment.

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