Documents reveal how fentanyl brought in by Snohomish jail inmate led to 7 overdoses within minutes

On Wednesday night, seven Snohomish County jail inmates overdosed on fentanyl in a matter of minutes. Now, new court documents detail just how quickly the events unfolded.

Prosecutors say an inmate, 37-year-old Justin Michael Sims, was originally booked into jail just before 7 p.m. Wednesday on third degree robbery charges. According to court documents, a jail deputy noticed an inmate drifting in an out of consciousness just 30 minutes later, showing clear signs of a drug overdose. When paramedics arrived, they found six more inmates with the same symptoms.

After searching Sims’ cell, deputies found fentanyl powder on scraps of torn and folded paper, hidden in a box of crackers. Detectives say the pieces of paper also had the inmate’s name on them, as they were ripped from paperwork from Sims’ court appearances.

They raced the inmates to the hospital after treating them with NARCAN. Other inmates later identified Sims and his jail cell as the source of the drug.

Sims now faces multiple new felony charges for allegedly smuggling in the fentanyl.

It’s unclear at this time as to how the fentanyl was smuggled into the jail, or how it was distributed as quickly as it was once Sims arrived.

Deputies at the Snohomish County jail have been carrying NARCAN as a precaution since January.