Gregg County Jail inmates hospitalized after smoking smuggled synthetic marijuana
From Staff Reports
March 10, 2014 at 8:35 a.m.
Five Gregg County Jail inmates were hospitalized Friday after <a href="http://www.news-journal.com/news/police/east-texas-police-seek-solution-to-synthetic-marijuana-problem/article_1a458b9d-d149-53b2-ba83-bb79a1e10fb5.html" target="_blank">synthetic marijuana</a> was smuggled into the jail and smoked, Lt. Kirk Haddix said.
"Apparently a Longview officer booked an inmate in that had the synthetic marijuana. Both the Longview officer and the our jailers missed the one single marijuana cigarette," Haddix said.
Four of the inmates were treated and released, but one spent in the night in the hospital, he said.
County Health Authority Dr. Lewis Browne sent the patients, Haddix said.
The sheriff's office is investigating the incident. No employee has faced disciplinary action, he said.
Haddix said sheriff's deputies have conducted interviews with about 30 inmates concerning the incident.