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Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 10:06 am

The San Joaquin County Sheriff ’s Office has launched an investigation after a 43-year-old inmate was found dead in his cell Monday afternoon.

Correctional officers found Noel Valencia unresponsive in his single-person cell at San Joaquin County Jail around 12:30 p.m., according to Deputy Les Garcia, spokesman for the Sheriff ’s Office.

Officers performed life-saving measures until emergency medical personnel arrived. However, paramedics pronounced Valencia dead at the scene.

The San Joaquin County Sheriff ’s Office has launched a “protocol” investigation, which, according to Garcia, is standard procedure when investigating the circumstances surrounding an in-custody death.

Stockton police arrested Valencia on Thursday on suspicion of felony drug charges, according to the jail records.

A cause of death is pending an autopsy and toxicology results, which could take up to six weeks to complete.

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1 comment:

  • Joe Baxter posted at 3:59 pm on Tue, Dec 17, 2013.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1795

    Felony drug charges? Excellent !, Pretty much ends his interaction with law enforcement. Next !!!



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