Inmates at the Cook County Jail have put up signs in their windows asking for help as COVID-19 cases continue to mount.
Several signs were spotted in inmates’ windows throughout Division X, a maximum security facility.
Some signs said “help us, don’t let us die” and “save us.”
304 detainees and 174 correctional officers have tested positive for COVID-19. Two detainees have died as a result of the virus.
Staff said any detainee who is showing symptoms is immediately removed from where they’re housed and taken to receive medical attention.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office sent the following statement.
“Any detainee who is symptomatic for the virus is immediately removed from the tier where he or she is housed and taken to receive medical attention by Cermak Health Services staff. The signs in the window are located in Division X, a maximum security facility, not Cermak Health Services.”
The operator of a Chicago convenience store who sold illegal synthetic marijuana laced with rat poisoning was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison by a federal judge.
Fouad Masoud pleaded guilty in September to drug conspiracy for selling the illegal substance, sometimes called K2, from his West Side store. In sentencing Masoud, 49, U.S. District Judge Manish Shah said the emergence of “greedy black-market profiteers” selling K2 likely contributed to a public health crisis that included deaths.
“You didn’t know there was rat poison in it, but you also didn’t care what you were selling,” Shah said.
During the hearing, a victim testified he started urinating blood soon after smoking the synthetic pot he bought at Masoud’s store and was hospitalized. He says two years later he is still recovering from the after-effects of using the substance.
Prosecutors requested a 10-year prison sentence for Masoud, noting that over a 2 ½-year period beginning in 2015, customers lined up outside the store waiting for Masoud to arrive with the illegal substance.
Defense attorney Glenn Seiden argued his client should get a 3-year prison term, saying there was no link between the hospitalizations of synthetic marijuana users and the substance sold at Masoud’s store.