State says inmate died of suspected drug overdose

    Small pouch of heroin found in inmate's body cavity, arms showed recent signs of intravenous drug use

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 36-year-old inmate at the Anchorage Correctional Complex died in April of a suspected drug overdose, and officials are investigating how he had illegal drugs in jail.

    Brian Pinkerton was found unresponsive in his jail cell and later pronounced dead April 21. Corrections spokesman Corey Allen-Young on Monday said officials believe Pinkerton was using methamphetamine and heroin in prison.

    A small pouch of heroin was found in a body cavity, and Pinkerton's arms showed recent signs of intravenous drug use.

    Corrections Commissioner Dean Williams says in a release that Pinkerton's death is exactly why an investigation continues to find out how drugs are finding their way into institutions across Alaska.

    He calls the trafficking of drugs a major concern, and his goal to eliminate it.

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