Synthetic Marijuana Smuggled Into Franklin Co. Jail Causes Hospitalization Of Some Inmates

Jun 13, 2018

A Franklin County jail inmate is still in intensive care in Tallahassee, after smoking synthetic marijuana allegedly smuggled in by another North Florida inmate.

After experiencing symptoms like vomiting, hallucinations and convulsions, six inmates within the Franklin County jail had to be hospitalized Monday. Five are now back in their cells. Only one is still in the ICU.

Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith says they believe the smoked substance was K2, and the culprit is 56-year-old Vanda McElveen. Over the weekend, she was first arrested for smuggling contraband into a state prison as a visitor. Then, Smith says she was brought to the Franklin County Jail.

“While she was here, she had more contraband concealed inside her body,” said Smith via Facebook Live video. “Even though she was strip searched, it was not discovered, and as a result of it, the K2 got out to inmates in the jail, they smoked it, and had an adverse reaction to it.”

The inmate who was flown to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare had the worst reaction—needing CPR before going to hospital.

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