A 28-year-old male detainee at the Doña Ana County Detention Center is hospitalized in critical condition after he was found unresponsive in a booking cell at the facility Thursday.
The detainee’s name will be withheld until his family has been notified. He was being held on a bench warrant for failure to appear in court.
Officers responded to the booking cell at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday, where the detainee was found unresponsive, and his skin was bluish gray in color. A medical emergency was initiated, and ambulance personnel arrived on scene shortly thereafter.
The man was taken to a local hospital, where he was intubated to assist with his breathing, and work was performed to stabilize his blood pressure.
During treatment, medical personnel discovered a baggie containing what is believed to be heroin packed inside the man’s anal cavity. The baggie is believed to have leaked an overdose of the drug into the man’s system.
The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.