Updated: Twin Falls man dies after apparent drug overdose at Ada County Jail

March 11, 2014 

Ada County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the death of a Twin Falls man who may have had a drug overdose at the Ada County Jail early Tuesday.

Danny Ryan, 29, died shortly after he was transported to a Boise hospital for treatment. The Ada County Coroner’s Office released his name Tuesday afternoon but listed the cause and manner of death as "pending toxicology."

A sheriff's news release said a medical examiner performed an autopsy on the inmate Tuesday morning and found what appeared to be a foreign substance in the man’s stomach that has not yet been identified. Additional tests, including toxicology, will be performed to determine what the substance was and how it may have contributed to Ryan's death, according to the news release.

Ryan, who was transferred to the Ada County Jail from Twin Falls on a U.S. Marshal’s hold March 7, tested positive for marijuana and amphetamines. Toxicology results may not be complete for several weeks, the coroner reports.

The incident began at 5:40 p.m. Monday when an Ada County Jail deputy got an anonymous note saying Ryan had illegal drugs in his possession, the sheriff's office reports Within 20 minutes a drug detection K9 was brought in to search the inmate’s cell, but no drugs were found.

At about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, a deputy monitoring the inmate noticed the man was sweating profusely, shaking and showing signs of “tweaking” that are commonly seen in a person who has taken large amounts of methamphetamine, according to an ACSO news release.

Ryan reportedly refused to cooperate with medical staff, resisted treatment and said he refused to be taken to the hospital. But nurses determined he had a dangerously high temperature and, just before 2:30 a.m., called 911.

Ada County Paramedics took Ryan by ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. Hospital staff reported the inmate lost consciousness and went into cardiac arrest while in their care. Ryan was pronounced dead at 4:05 a.m.

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office is working with the U.S. Marshal's Service to gather additional information about the man, his history and what happened in the days and hours leading up to his death.

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