Suspect arrested in RPSO DC 1 overdose case, 1 overdose victim dies

Exavier Cortez James
Exavier Cortez James(Source: Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office)
Published: Aug. 11, 2021 at 2:37 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 16, 2021 at 5:00 PM CDT
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in relation to the suspected overdoses at the Rapides Parish Detention Center 1 in downtown Alexandria on Wednesday, August 11. (Details below)

RPSO said Exavier Cortez James, 32 of Alexandria, is accused of allegedly bringing suspected fentanyl into the jail when he reported to DC-1 on August 2 to serve a 10-year sentence for prior convictions. He has been further charged with the introduction of contraband into a penal institution and second-degree murder.

On Saturday, August 14, the inmate who was in the ICU, identified as Jason Daren Marler, 32 of Pineville, passed away from complications due to the alleged overdose. 

Investigators say their investigation is still ongoing as one inmate still remains in a local hospital.

RPSO deputies respond to two separate medical emergencies at DC 1

ALEXANDRIA, La. (RPSO) - Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to two medical emergencies in one of the dorms at the Rapides Parish Detention Center 1 in downtown Alexandria on Wednesday, August 11.

According to RPSO, deputies responded to the first incident at about 4:30 a.m., discovering one inmate unconscious and not breathing. Deputies and RSPO medical staff performed life-saving measures. The inmate was transported to a local hospital by Acadian Ambulance.

Deputies then responded to another medical emergency in the same dorm at about 7:30 a.m., finding two inmates also unconscious and not breathing. Deputies and RPSO medical staff again performed life-saving measures, administering Narcan for a possible overdose, and then transporting both inmates to local hospitals.

At this time, all three inmates remain in the hospital.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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