During the last six years, at least five other inmates have died in the jail or in a hospital shortly after being removed from the jail, according to Daily News records.
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Haines said Abplanalp’s death did not appear to be caused by drugs smuggled into the jail, a constant threat that led the jail to recently install a full-body scanner that will soon become operational.
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“I have no reason at this time to believe it was an overdose,” Haines said. “It appears to have been a medical emergency. There may have been multiple factors.”
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Abplanalp was confined in a cell by himself on the first floor, making it unlikely another inmate had a role in the death, Haines said.
“There was nothing in there to make it look like a suspicious death,” he said.