Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Public safety

Deputies: Three Pinellas inmates overdose after sharing drug brought into jail

LARGO — A Pinellas County jail inmate faces charges after deputies say he brought an illicit substance into the facility and overdosed with two other inmates Thursday night.

Deputies say Robert Gilner, 29, of Gulfport shared a white powdery substance with two other inmates: Jason M. Koketek, 30, of St. Petersburg and Jason K. Sandy, 31, of Pinellas Park.

All three are listed in fair condition and are expected to recover.

The incident happened about 5:30 p.m. in the C barracks at the Pinellas County Jail, 14400 49th St. N near Largo.

According to detectives, detention deputies and medical staff noticed the inmates beginning to show signs of overdose and provided aid until paramedics could transport them to local hospitals, detectives said.

Gilner told detectives the white powdery substance was his, and that he had shared it with Koketek and Sandy.

Deputies say Gilner likely brought the contraband into the jail when he was arrested April 25 on charges of DUI and driving with a suspended or revoked license. He faces one charge of introducing contraband into a detention facility and could face additional charges pending lab tests on the substance.

Times staff

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