Inmate Dies After Arrest On Drug Charges In San Jose

SAN JOSE (BCN) — A man who was brought to Santa Clara County’s Main Jail in San Jose on Tuesday evening to be booked on drug charges died at a hospital after suffering a medical problem, authorities said.

The inmate, who has not yet been identified, was in the process of being booked around 8:30 p.m. when he began acting erratically and appeared to be having a medical episode, sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Sung said.

He was transported to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police Sgt. Ronnie Lopez said.

A special police operations unit arrested the man, along with an accomplice, around 4:50 p.m. Tuesday at St. James Park, Lopez said. Officers believed that the suspect and his accomplice were selling methamphetamine, Lopez said.

Police are trying to determine whether the man had ingested methamphetamine at the time of his arrest, he said.

“A preliminary investigation reveals that he may have ingested a form of controlled substance, but that is still under investigation,” Lopez said.

An autopsy for the man was conducted Wednesday.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Sgt. Paula McAllister at (408) 808-4500, or (408) 808-4410 after business hours.

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  • james

    THe FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close those bad cases.

    • Don't do drugs

      yep, that’s is James…..we’re glad you know it all……..sheeeeeesh

  • Dale

    um.. what fantasy land do you live in James.? this happened at a COUNTY facility. FBI and DEA had nothing to do with this.

  • conspiracy sleuth

    probably swallowed his stash and then OD’ed on it


    the FBI secretly injected him with a lethal dose of an alien drug that made him have his “medical issue” and then stole his body from the county morgue and put in place the dead alien which they havested from James’ underground “lair”

    yep – thats it

  • mhc

    James, you don’t even know the name of the inmate or anything about him so clearly you have not the first clue what you are talking about. How can you spout such rubbish?

  • mdc

    07 is that you???

    maybe he swallowed the drugs and it burst inside his tummy?

  • asdf

    James – don’t believe the pipe!

  • The old hippie

    Glad to see the war on drugs is working.

  • Don't do drugs

    Dude, the cops are coming, here swallow this…cool…dude, it was only an ambulance, we are safe…..dude, dude….wake up dude………….wow must have been some good sheet man……

  • Ray Monahan

    saved the taxpayers some money I suppose. Still tragic tho

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