Baggies possibly containing drugs in dead inmate’s stomach at NY jail

SCHENECTADY, N.Y.  — Authorities say a man who died in an upstate New York jail had seven baggies that may have contained drugs in his stomach.

The Times Union of Albany reports that Samuel Velasquez-Zabala Jr. was found dead Wednesday morning in his bunk bed at the Schenectady County jail.

The county sheriff’s department says baggies found in Velasquez-Zabala’s stomach were marked with a stamp that’s been found on baggies of heroin, fentanyl and other drugs.

Authorities say urine samples from Velasquez-Zabala indicated drugs including cocaine, Oxycontin and methamphetamine were in his system.

Velasquez-Zabala was taken in to custody on Tuesday evening on a warrant from the county’s drug court.

An autopsy was performed at Albany Medical Center Hospital. The sheriff’s department and the state Commission on Corrections will investigate the death.

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