World At Least 17 Prisoners Die in Venezuelan Jail of Alleged Drug Poisoning

At Least 17 Prisoners Die in Venezuelan Jail of Alleged Drug Poisoning

Members of National Guard secure the prison Uribana in Barquisimeto, 250 km southwest of Caracas on Nov 26, 2014
Members of National Guard secure the prison Uribana in Barquisimeto, 250 km southwest of Caracas on Nov 26, 2014

At least 17 inmates have died in Venezuela from poisoned drugs, according to local police.

At least 17 inmates died of poisoning in the Uribana prison, in the country’s north-west, the Cuba Lane news outlet reported, citing local police.
The inmates broke into the prison’s medical facilities and consumed a variety of drugs, including antibiotics, which resulted in a mass poisoning.
The incident in the prison was part of a riot that began two days ago with a group of prisoners declaring a hunger strike. This riot was suppressed by the police. During the riot, the prisoners demanded the resignation of one of the prison wardens.
According to a report by the Venezuelan Prisons Observatory, overcrowding in Venezuela prisons has reached almost 200 percent, raising the likelihood of riots and other disturbances.
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