Inmate dies in LaPorte Co. jail after swallowing bag of cocaine

An inmate has died at the La Porte County Security Complex after he apparently swallowed a baggie of cocaine to avoid a drug charge.

Roy Young, 37, of Michigan City, was pronounced dead at the Indiana University Health Center just before 8 a.m. Saturday.

Young was arrested just after 1:30 a.m. for driving while intoxicated. Police say he showed no signs of distress during booking. At about 7 a.m. he suffered a seizure in his cell and was transported to the hospital via ambulance.

Police say an interview with Young's cellmate revealed that Young had told him he had swallowed a baggie of cocaine during the traffic stop to avoid being arrested for drug possession. Police say the cellmate also said Young tried to regurgitate the cocaine by sticking his finger in his mouth.

An autopsy was performed Monday. The official cause of death is cardiac arrhythmia induced by a drug overdose. A plastic tie-off baggie was found inside Young.

The death has been ruled accidental. Toxicology results are pending.

Police say neither Young nor his cellmate alerted them to the cocaine ingestion until after Young suffered the seizure.

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