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Report: 3 Sarasota jail inmates overdosed on smuggled cocaine

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SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Sheriff's officials say three inmates on suicide watch were taken to a hospital last month after overdosing on cocaine that had been smuggled into the Sarasota County Jail.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports two of the inmates vomited and one had stopped breathing after the Aug. 22 incident.

Authorities say the substance tested positive for cocaine.

According to reports, a corrections officer found inmate 49-year-old Willie Curry unresponsive. Inmate Louis Nowicki had also gotten sick and was on his bunk and inmate Shaun Monahan was having difficulty breathing. All three were taken to the hospital. Curry spent three days in intensive care.

Nowicki told investigators 31-year-old Monahan had smuggled the drug into the jail in his rectum. Monahan told deputies he was too high on drugs to remember.

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