Drugs and Crime

Prisoner who died in local jail OD’d on drugs he concealed

A prisoner who died while in a Bennington Police Department jail cell March 23 overdosed on drugs he concealed when taken into custody, state police investigators reported yesterday, May 15.

The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office has completed its autopsy findings regarding the March 23, 2023, death of Darrel Jones while in custody at the Bennington Police Department. The office determined that the cause of Jones’s death was acute mixed drug intoxication including fentanyl, heroin and cocaine, and the manner of death was an accident.

The Vermont State Police investigation into this incident concluded that Jones had drugs concealed in his person when he was taken into custody by the Bennington Police Department. He then ingested a large amount of drugs while in a holding cell before he experienced extreme medical distress and died in the cell. VSP has completed its investigation and forwarded the matter to the Bennington County State’s Attorney’s Office for review.

Jones, 33, had resided most recently in Albany, New York, and in Pennsylvania. He was one of three people taken into custody at about 3:50 p.m. March 23 as Bennington officers carried out a court-ordered search warrant related to a drug investigation at the Apple Valley Inn on U.S. Route 7.

Jones was taken to the Bennington Police Department and placed in a holding cell, where he was discovered unresponsive at about 4:40 p.m. Members of the police department provided emergency medical care and called first responders, but lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful, and the man was pronounced dead at 5:19 p.m. at the police station.

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4 replies »

  1. Progressives often like to cite societal ills and root causes when a person is harmed or dies while involved in a “justice interaction”. How about the wide open US southern border policy of the Biden administration being considered a root cause of the poison that brought about this man’s demise…

  2. Oops, I guess someone didn’t shake him down good enough.

    • He likely woofed down some of the evidence prior to being detained and it caught up to him all at once…same as what happened to George Floyd…sorry, Saint George Floyd.

  3. Wait. We can still defund the police and empty all the prisons in VT though, right? I mean, the police are still at fault for virtually all of the ills of society, correct? The Democrats can’t alter course now. Their war against the rule of law, meritocracy, and self-governance has an awful lot of admirers. Emphasis on the word “awful”.