Sheriff: Albany County inmate dies after ingesting cocaine

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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— Investigators believe a man a Troy who died in the Albany County Jail’s special housing facility Wednesday ingested a lethal dose of cocaine he may have smuggled into the facility upon his arrest on a parole violation last month.

Sheriff Craig Apple said an autopsy determined Michael Williams, 29, of Corliss Avenue, died of cardiac arrest brought on by ingesting cocaine. Williams appeared to suffer seizure in his cell around 11:15 a.m., and was pronounced dead about 45 minutes later.

Apple said authorities received a tip Monday indicating Williams may have a quarter-ounce of cocaine in his cell among the jail’s general population. He speculated Williams likely ingested or kept the drugs in his body cavity before he was taken into custody.

“We think once he got in the jail, he removed it,”

Apple said Williams was uncooperative when he was approached about the drugs and then brought to the jail’s special housing unit for observation. The cell had its water shut off, so that contraband couldn’t be flushed down the toilet.

Williams was medically checked twice on Wednesday morning and appeared fine. About a half-hour after the final check, he had a seizure.

Apple said Williams likely swallowed the cocaine, since his urine had a strong concentration of the drug.

Williams was convicted of criminal possession of a controlled substance conviction out of Rensselaer County in 2011. He was released on parole in January, according to state Department of Corrections records.

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