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Meth spill sickens officers, closes Ohio jail

Thursday, April 19, 2018

GREENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A methamphetamine spill has sickened sheriff’s deputies and temporarily closed a jail in western Ohio.

Authorities say the drug spilled around 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Darke County Jail in Greenville as deputies booked a suspect.

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office says four deputies complained of feeling ill Tuesday and the suspect collapsed unconscious moments later. The deputies and suspect were treated at a hospital.

The Dayton Daily News reports 10 more deputies became sick Wednesday morning. Authorities believe the drug got inside the jail’s air vents.

The jail has been closed for cleaning and decontamination. The Sheriff’s Office says 28 inmates have been moved to jails in Miami and Mercer counties.

Greenville is about 100 miles west of Columbus.