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The Napa County jail inmate who died last month at Queen of the Valley Medical Center died of methamphetamine intoxication after swallowing a baggie that burst in his stomach, according to the Napa County Sheriff’s Office.

Brandon Whiteley, 25, of Napa, died of “acute methamphetamine intoxication” on March 18, Sheriff’s Capt. Leroy Anderson said Monday. Blood level analysis indicated the presence of 9.1 milligrams of methamphetamine — twice the lethal dose, he said.

Remnants of a baggie were found inside Whiteley’s stomach during the autopsy performed on March 21, indicating he may have swallowed the baggie just before he was arrested at about 11 p.m. on March 16, Anderson said.

The baggie apparently burst before it passed through his body, Anderson said.

Whiteley was arrested March 16 after Napa police responded at 10:55 p.m. to a report of a fight in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue, authorities said. He admitted drinking and smoking synthetic marijuana, Napa County Sheriff’s Capt. Tracey Stuart said.

Whiteley was booked at 11:33 p.m. on suspicion of resisting arrest, according to jail records. He was transported from the jail five hours later after he was found shaking and agitated and in need of medical attention, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Jail records indicate a jail nurse was called at 3:27 a.m. on March 17 after Whiteley was found shaking in his cell. The nurse administered Ativan, according to jail logs obtained from the Napa County Department of Corrections. Ativan is an anti-convulsive treatment, according to drug information website

Jail staff decided to transport Whiteley to the hospital at 4:10 a.m. The Napa Fire Department was called and arrived at 4:18 a.m., with Whiteley leaving the jail via ambulance at 4:25 a.m., according to the jail logs.

“Due to the rapid decline of Whiteley and the need to transport as quickly as possible, I decided to violate past department practice and have him transported without a Napa Sheriff’s Department escort,” a staff member reported in a jail log.

At 11 a.m. on March 17, Sheriff’s Lt. Steven Blower wrote in an email that doctors expected Whiteley to die. He died at about 5 p.m. on March 18 at Queen of the Valley, authorities said.

A celebration of Whiteley’s life was held March 24, according to his obituary, which added that Whiteley was easygoing and caring and loved children. He worked for a construction company and was a big Oakland Raiders fan.



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