51-year-old inmate dead at Kern County jail

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) A 51-year-old man was found unresponsive around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday inside his jail cell at the Central Receiving Facility in downtown Bakersfield.

Ruben Ornelas was pronounced dead shortly after that at Mercy Hospital, the Kern County Sheriff's Office said. Deputies and jail nursing staff administered CPR until firefighters and ambulance crews arrived, and Ornelas was taken to the hospital.

The sheriff's office said they found no signs of foul play in the jail cell. The coroner's office will determine cause of death.

Ornelas was arrested Monday by Bakersfield police on suspicion of possession of heroin for sale and for maintaining a residence for narcotics sales.