5 Texas inmates get sick smoking synthetic pot

File Photo (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Prisons)
File Photo (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Prisons)

LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) — Five inmates at an East Texas jail have been hospitalized after smoking a synthetic marijuana cigarette that was smuggled into the lockup.

The Gregg County Sheriff’s Office on Monday said four inmates were treated and returned to custody. A fifth inmate spent last Friday night in a Longview hospital before being discharged back to the jail.

Lt. Kirk Haddix says a jailer apparently missed the fake marijuana cigarette when booking an inmate. Haddix said jailers became aware of the problem when one inmate appeared to have seizures.

No jailers have been disciplined as the investigation continues.

Names of the inmates and details on their criminal histories weren’t immediately released.

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