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Police: Man who died in jail was arrested with 38 syringes, stolen gun

Moraine Police arrest records show how Dillon Abplanalp ended up in the Montgomery County Jail, where he died in custody Monday, though it may be weeks before the official cause of his death is determined.

Two Moraine police officers responded just before 7 p.m. on Jan. 14 to the McDonald’s on West Dorothy Lane, where employees reported a male in a tan Cadillac Seville passed out in the drive-thru lane.

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The man police later identified as Abplanalp, 28, was unresponsive but woke up as officers repeatedly knocked on the car’s windows, which were locked.

Both officers wrote in a police report that they saw evidence of syringes visible in the car.

A search of the car and Abplanalp’s pockets turned up 38 syringes, 12 grams of heroin and a stolen 9 mm Taurus semi-automatic handgun loaded with hollow-point bullets, according to the police report.

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Abplanalp was arrested for possession of drugs, receiving stolen property, carrying concealed weapons and having weapons under disability because of a prior felony conviction. He was also cited for have a fictitious car registration and no driver’s license.

The address given for Abplanalp on the police report corresponds to a homeless shelter, the St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelter for Men at 1921 S. Gettysburg Ave.

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Abplanalp was transported to the county jail, where he died eight days later.

A preliminary hearing for Abplanalp, was scheduled for today in Kettering Municipal Court, but the case was dismissed because of his death.

Results of an autopsy may take up to 10 weeks, pending the results of toxicology tests, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

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