PORT HADLOCK: Methamphetamine caused inmate’s death, lab test show

PORT HADLOCK — A man who died at the Jefferson County Jail on March 24 had more than twice the lethal amount of methamphetamine in his blood.

Jefferson County Coroner Juelie Dalzell said Kevin Wayne Bledsoe, 24, of Port Hadlock died of acute methamphetamine toxicity. Dalzell based her cause of death determination on a report by the Washington State Toxicology Laboratory in Seattle and the autopsy by Forensics Pathologist Daniel Selove of Seattle.

The state toxicology lab blood analysis revealed that Bledsoe had 0.89 milligrams per liter of methamphetamine in his blood.

Selove concluded that the Bledsoe died of a methamphetamine overdose exacerbated by his increased risk of cardiac arrest due to an enlarged heart, discovered during the autopsy.

This full report appears in today’s Jefferson County edition of the Peninsula Daily News, on sale throughout the county. Or click on “Subscribe” at left to order your copy via U.S. mail.

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