MOUNT VERNON — A Knox County Jail inmate died from an overdose of meth and fentanyl, according to an autopsy conducted by the Franklin County Coroner’s Office.

Warren B. Taylor, 39, died from “acute mixed drug (methamphetamine and 3-methylfentanyl) toxicity,” resulting in congestive heart and respiratory failure, according to the autopsy report. A blood toxicology analysis in the autopsy report shows Taylor’s blood concentration of meth as 2,227 nanograms per milliliter of blood.

Taylor died June 3, after being found unresponsive in a dorm area of the jail at 1:42 p.m. Taylor was transported to Knox Community Hospital and pronounced dead at 2:32 p.m.

At the time of his death, Taylor had been incarcerated at the Knox County Jail for three months, having been booked in Feb. 17. He had pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated possession of drugs May 19 in Knox County Common Pleas Court and was awaiting sentencing.

The charge against Taylor stemmed from Feb. 17, when Taylor was found to be in possession of meth. A second charge of possession of heroin, also from Feb. 17, was dismissed.

Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer said an investigation was opened in June into Taylor’s death. Shaffer said his office was not sure of the cause of death until receiving the autopsy report Thursday.

Shaffer said Taylor “had a lot of medical issues” and that has made the investigation “difficult.” Taylor was receiving several prescribed medications at the time of his death, Shaffer said.

Taylor had previously been released from the jail for medical treatment May 24-25, Shaffer said.

There were no other reported incidents at the jail involving meth or fentanyl around the time of the death, Shaffer said. Shaffer said a new full-body scanner, installed to check inmates for hidden contraband, including drugs, had been installed and was operational prior to June 3.

The investigation is on-going, Shaffer said. Shaffer said the detective division has other evidence tied to Taylor’s death that is still out for analysis. There are currently no suspects identified in Taylor’s death, Shaffer said.


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