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Jeromy Ruckdaschel


ELKO – Three inmates of the Elko County Jail were arrested Friday night on attempted murder charges after allegedly forcing a cellmate to ingest an anti-psychotic drug.

Sheriff Jim Pitts said inmates sometimes “cheek” medication that they are given by a nurse, then gag them up and save them in their cells. On Friday, one or more inmates had stored up four pills of Seroquel, which is used to treat schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

Three inmates in the four-man cell then allegedly forced a smaller inmate to “snort” the drug, Pitts said. The inmate had difficulty breathing and was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released.

Joshua A. Haas, 25; Jorge A. Galaviz-Fuentes, 28; and Jeromy M. Ruckdaschel, 23, all of Elko, were arrested for attempted murder, battery by a prisoner, furnishing or attempting to furnish a controlled substance to a prisoner, administering drug to aid in the commission of a felony, and administering a controlled substance to aid in the commission of a crime of violence.

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Bail was set at $120,000 each.

All three men have had been arrested on drug charges on prior occasions, according to Elko Daily Free Press records.


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