OCEAN CITY, Md. - Maryland State Police are investigating the death of a suspect while in custody in Ocean City.
The incident began when Ocean City Police pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation in the 10th block of 8th Street. Officers smelled marijuana in the vehicle and requested that a Worcester County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit respond to scan the vehicle.
The K-9 detected a controlled substance and officers later found over 1,500 small bags of heroin and additional narcotics. Officers then arrested three individuals in the vehicle without incident.
At around 2:30 a.m., one of the suspects began to complain of trouble breathing while in custody at the Ocean City Public Safety Building booking facility. At that time, OCPD booking personnel contacted Ocean City Emergency Medical Services who responded to the scene.
A short time later, the suspect began to seize and later went into cardiac arrest. EMS personnel began conducting lifesaving measures and transported him to an area hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
The suspect's body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner who will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.
At the request of the Ocean City Police Department, Maryland State Police have taken over responsibility for the death investigation.
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