LAS VEGAS (AP) — The coroner in Las Vegas says the death of a Mexican national who was turned over by Las Vegas police to U.S. immigration custody was an accident.

Clark County Coroner Michael Murphy ruled that 36-year-old Miguel Sarabia-Ortega died Jan. 17 of methamphetamine intoxication. An autopsy also found that he had emphysema.

Police say Sarabia-Ortega was a legal, permanent resident of the U.S. He was detained on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine pipes, then turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

ICE officials say Sarabria became agitated, started yelling and tried to take off his handcuffs.

He became unresponsive while he was being taken to an overnight detention center, and was pronounced dead at a Las Vegas hospital.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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