Lincoln County, Mo. – A Lincoln County man is in further trouble after an investigation into a second round of overdoses at the Lincoln County Jail.
On Feb. 28, exactly one week after a female inmate died from a fentanyl overdose at the correctional facility, the Lincoln County Special Investigations Division was called in once again for another overdose incident.
After reviewing the footage of the incident, investigators determined Jacob Shinstock, 28, of Troy, was brought into the facility. Shinstock started walking around the pod, started talking to fellow inmates and even started whispering to them.
Shinstock and other inmates inside the pod go up to an area of the pod. An overdose occurred in that same cell. During a review of the footage, one inmate came down with another inmate and proceeded to snort suspected fentanyl.
During a cell search after the first overdose, the LCSID located the suspected fentanyl in cell D7.
A cooperating source admitted to investigators Shinstock was the person who provided the drugs and gave the fentanyl to him, which resulted in his overdose, which required medical attention.
A later video call showed Shinstock saying the jail had Narcan in all the pods and cells, and that he was not allowed back there.
Shinstock said, “that’s an accomplishment, right?”
During the call, he admitted he was the one who brought the “downers” into the jail, and witnessed the first inmate go to the hospital. The next day, six more inmates ended up in various local hospitals due to overdoses.
No deaths were reported due to overdoses.
After the fatal overdose at the jail, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office immediately implemented measures to minimize similar incidents. According to a 2021 report from the Department of Justice, “the number of deaths in local jails due to drug or alcohol intoxication has more than quadrupled.”
In addition, Lincoln County Coroner Daniel Heavin provided training to detention staff to help better identify illicit materials through scan images and intercept the drugs before they make it into the inmate population.
What might have been the most important – and life-saving – policy change came when, according to LCSO David Hill, the Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office worked together to obtain a quantity of Naloxone sufficient to ensure every jail pod has it readily available within the inmate population.
Naloxone is used to treat incidence of overdose, and inmates are taught how to use it.
“The Sheriff’s Office is providing Naloxone to at-risk inmates when they are discharged from the facility,” Hill said. “(Lincoln County Sheriff Rick) Harrell believes this will help mitigate overall overdose deaths within the community.”
Also, zero tolerance charges for inmates found to have introduced prohibited articles into the detention facility.
“Shortly after the fatality, the Sheriff’s Office experienced several more overdose situations, but because of the Sheriff and Coroner combined efforts, none of those overdoses resulted in fatalities,” Hill said. “The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to look for new ways to help fight the growing opioid issues both in the community and inside our facilities.”
On May 3, Shinstock was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility. The Honorable Gregory Allsberry set bond at $200,000, cash only.
Shinstock has an extensive criminal history dating back to 2012, with convictions for assault on law enforcement officers, drug possession, theft, arson, trespassing, stealing, resisting arrest by fleeing, assault and driving while intoxicated.
(All persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.)