Pinellas Sheriff Charges One after Jail Inmates Overdose
The white, powdery substance is being tested, deputies said.
LARGO – Three jail inmates were hospitalized Thursday (April 27) after they appeared to overdose on a white, powdery substance one of them brought into the facility, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
The three are in fair condition and expected to make a full recovery.
Robert Gilner, 29, of Gulfport, was charged with one count of introduction of contraband into a detention facility. Additional criminal charges are pending the lab results of the white powdery substance, deputies said. Gilner was in jail because he had been arrested Tuesday (April 25) and charged with DUI and driving while license suspended or eevoked.
Deputies said Gilner, Jason Koketek, 30, and Jason Sandy, 31, began showing signs of an overdose Thursday. Detention deputies and medical staff provided aid to the inmates until paramedics responded and took them to local hospitals. Deputies said Gilner, who had a white powdery substance, admitted it was his and that he had shared it with Koketek and Sandy.
Deputies said they believe that Gilner brought the contraband into the Pinellas County Jail when he was arrested.
For information about the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, go to pcsoweb.com.
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