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Inmate who died had drugs in his system

Quincy Franklin

Quincy Franklin

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A preliminary drug screen on the inmate who died at Gwinnett County Jail over the weekend came back positive for a number of illegal substances, officials said Wednesday.

The initial urine test for 26-year-old Quincy William Franklin, who passed away after becoming unresponsive while in a holding cell Saturday afternoon, showed the presence of cocaine, opiates and THC, Gwinnett County Medical Examiner Ted Bailey said.

Franklin's blood-alcohol content was also .082, just above the legal limit to drive, officials said.

"His heart was slightly enlarged, possibly due to prior drug use," Bailey said, adding that there were no obvious signs of physical trauma detected during Franklin's autopsy, performed Monday.

Official toxicology results will take eight to 10 weeks to come back from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab, Bailey said.

Family members, meanwhile, are grieving while wondering why Franklin died in the presence of two other inmates and law enforcement.

Lameshia Harvey, Franklin's cousin, made the trip to Gwinnett from her home in Baton Rouge, La., this week. She said Franklin's mother knew that he had a heart murmur, but the death came as a surprise to the family.

"How come, within that time period, those people didn't know that Quincy wasn't snoring loud anymore, that Quincy wasn't breathing?" Harvey said. "Where are these inmates? Where are they?"

According to information released by the Sheriff's Department, Franklin, a Grayson resident, was picked up by Decatur Police on Friday before being transported to Gwinnett just after midnight Saturday.

"At 12:37 p.m., Mr. Franklin was still snoring loudly in a holding cell with two other inmates," sheriff's department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais said. "At 12:52 p.m., deputies came to remove one of those inmates to be processed, and Mr. Franklin could not be awakened and was not responsive."

Gwinnett County Jail records show Franklin had been arrested six times in the county since 2005, mostly on minor offenses like disorderly conduct.