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Bridgewater Resident Charged With Bringing Drugs Into Jail


SOMERVILLE, NJ - A Bridgewater resident has been arrested for allegedly bringing drugs into the Somerset County Jail after the sheriff's office began an investigation of five inmates who had to be hospitalized for apparent drug overdoses.

Renato Escobar, 21, of Grove Street, has been charged with third-degree distribution of a synthetic cannabinoid. He was arrested at his home July 28, and has been lodged at the Somerset County Jail with bail set at $20,000 cash only.

According to a release from the county, detectives from the Somerset County Sheriff's Office and the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit initiated a joint investigation into the circumstances surrounding the hospitalization of the five inmates.

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On July 15, the release said, officials at the jail found a small quantity of synthetic marijuana, which was seized and will be analyzed by the New Jersey State Police laboratory.

Witnesses in the Somerset County Jail were interviewed, leading to the identification of Escobar, who was identified as the person who transported synthetic marijuana, also known as K2, into the jail in his anal cavity.

According to the release, Escobar was positively identified, and found to be responsible for distributing the synthetic marijuana to several inmates.

"I will do everything in my power to maintain a drug-free, safe and secure environment in our county jail to protect the inmates, staff and visitors," Sheriff Frank Provenzano said in the release.

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