Police investigating deaths of two inmates at Miami jail

MIAMI (WSVN) - Police are investigating after two inmates at the Miami-Dade jail died while in custody.

According to Miami-Dade Corrections, two male inmates, ages 24 and 25, died Wednesday evening at the Pre-Trial Detention Center, located at 1321 NW 13 St.

Police said City of Miami Fire Rescue received three separate calls about inmates in need of medical assistance. In all, three inmates were transported to nearby hospitals, where two of them died.

Investigators did not give the cause of death, saying they were pending the medical examiner’s report. No update was given as to the third inmate’s condition.

The Miami Herald reports that investigators are looking into the possibility that the inmates died from drug overdoses. According to the paper, officers in protective suits responded to the jail with drug-sniffing dogs.

“Miami Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department would like to extend our condolences to the families of the deceased. MDCR correctional officers responded appropriately and timely to a medical emergency to include emergency room transportation,” said Interim Director Daniel Junior. “Miami Dade Police Department is conducting an investigation, which is the normal protocol. Due to the on-going nature of the investigation, no further comment can be made at this time.”

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