TECUMSEH – The Nebraska Department of Corrections reports that an inmate who died today had tested positive for methamphetamine.
A press release says 22-year-old Daelan Lamere, who was serving a six-year minimum sentence at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution for robbery, was found unresponsive in his cell on May 27 with labored breathing.
He was taken to Johnson County Hospital and later transferred to Bryan West in Lincoln, where he died June 6.
The official cause of death has not been determined, but the press release says he tested positive for meth and the hallucinogenic MDMA at the Lincoln hospital.
Director Scott Frakes said the corrections department is diligent to keep contraband from entering facilities and to prevent and detect the manufacture of dangerous contraband within.
Frakes: “More than 80 percent of our population has some level of substance abuse issues, which creates an environment of demand. The work we do watching, searching and working our intelligence network reduces the problem, but it doesn’t eliminate it.”
Lamere began serving his sentence in 2013 and had a tentative release date of Sept. 4, 2020.