Attorneys: Inmate Died After Drug-Filled Balloon Burst Inside Him

Attorneys say jail officials believe the autopsy of a recently deceased Cumberland County Jail inmate will show that he died of an overdose after a drug-filled balloon burst inside his intestines.

The Portland Free Press reports 24-year-old Nikco Walton died at the Portland, Maine, jail on April 11 after spending just short of a week at the facility for violating the terms of his probation.

Walton's attorneys, Cory McKenna and Amy Fairfield, say they are skeptical that Walton could've carried the balloon in his intestines for nearly seven days. But investigators seem to have ruled out the possibility that he obtained the drugs at the jail.

McKenna says their conclusion has been drawn from "mere speculation."

Maj. John Costello, the jail administrator, did not return requests seeking comment.

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