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A Fredericksburg man who died in September after he was found unconscious in a cell at the Prince William-Manassas Adult Detention Center suffered a fatal overdose of cocaine and fentanyl, according to the state medical examiner.

Dale Wayne Fox Jr., 34, was found unresponsive in his jail cell at 9:36 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, by a correctional officer doing a routine check.

Fox was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead, according to Prince William County police. 

Fox was arrested at about 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, after experiencing an apparent overdose in the lobby of a Shell gas station at Marumsco Plaza in Woodbridge, according to a criminal complaint. 

Upon arriving at the gas station at 5:45 p.m. that night, Prince William County police observed Fox unconscious on the floor of the gas station lobby. 

A medic revived Fox by administering Narcan. After arriving at a hospital, a police officer notified Fox he was under arrest for possession of suspected cocaine. Fox admitted to police that he purchased a gram of cocaine and snorted some of it prior to suffering an overdose at the gas station, according to the criminal complaint. 

Fox had a long criminal history prior to his arrest, including convictions for grand larceny, forgery and numerous probation violations, according to court records.

Prince William-Manassas Adult Detention Center staff did not immediately return requests for comment.

Reach Daniel Berti at dberti@fauquier.com

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How did he manage to get those drugs into his jail cell?

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