The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office is investigating the death of a man who died while in custody of U.S. Border Patrol agents.
The man, whose identity has not been released but has been confirmed by border patrol to be a U.S. citizen, was reportedly taken into custody by agents in the early evening of Dec. 24 on suspicion of possession and intent to distribute approximately three pounds of marijuana.
He was arrested at the Interstate 8 border patrol checkpoint located in Campo and was allegedly found with drug paraphernalia and trace amounts of methamphetamine in his vehicle.
"Later that evening, while in a holding cell at the Campo Border Patrol station, the man became incoherent and unresponsive. Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technicians performed CPR on the man while waiting on advanced medical personnel to arrive. Just after midnight paramedics took over lifesaving efforts but were unable to revive the man," read a statement from the U.S. Border Patrol.
In addition to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Investigator General is also investigating the incident.
"Customs and Border Protection's San Diego Sector Border Patrol is cooperating fully with these investigators to ensure a neutral third party reviews all evidence and information surrounding this unfortunate death," the news release continued.