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Official: Contraband drugs probed in 4 Kansas inmate deaths

 


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' corrections secretary said Tuesday that officials believe contraband drugs could be involved in the recent deaths of four inmates at three prisons but are awaiting autopsy and lab results to determine the substances.

Roger Werholtz said possibilities include methamphetamines, cocaine, or K2, a synthetic mixture of industrial chemicals intended to mimic the effects of THC, the naturally occurring active compound found in marijuana. The four inmates have died since Friday.

"Right now, we're really dealing with an unknown," Werholtz said.

Ethen Thornton, an inmate...



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