- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) - Four more inmates at a county jail had to be hospitalized Monday after showing signs of drug overdoses after six inmates needed medical care the day before, authorities said.

Two inmates among the initial group were accused of promoting contraband in connection with the case.

The four inmates who were the latest to get sick were taken to Westchester Medical Center, Westchester County police spokesman Kieran O’Leary said. They had been showing symptoms of drug overdose, including nausea and vomiting, he said.

The first six inmates were taken to hospitals Sunday but were back behind bars on Monday.

Police said two of them were facing contraband-related charges. Authorities said Deron Strange, who was in jail on an assault charge, had the remains of a hand-rolled cigarette. They said James Graziano, being held on a parole violation, had a plastic bottle that was altered into a pipe.

Calls to Legal Aid, which provides legal representation to poor people including inmates, were not immediately returned.

Police said the substance that made the six inmates sick has still not been determined. Officials are investigating how it got into the jail.

O’Leary said Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino ordered a sweep of the facility, which was underway Monday night.

The jail was in lockdown, and drug-detecting dogs had been sent in, O’Leary said.

The jail has three sections, the original facility, a newer wing and a women’s side, he said. The sickened inmates were housed in blocks in the original facility, so the sweep was originating there with the rest of the jail to follow, he said.

All visitors to the jail are searched, and all prisoners are strip-searched before and after all visits. The jail has about 1,100 inmates.

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