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Dead ICE detainee had weapons, meth pipe arrests
by Associated Press
Jan 22, 2012 | 560 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say a 36-year-old Mexican national who died in U.S. immigration custody was arrested twice this month — first on felony weapons charges and then on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine pipes.

Miguel Sarabia-Ortega was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement after Las Vegas police arrested him Tuesday on the drug paraphernalia charge.

Sarabia-Ortega was a legal permanent U.S. resident, but ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice tells the Las Vegas Sun that green card holders can face deportation for certain crimes.

Officials say Sarabia became agitated during ICE intake and tried to shed his handcuffs.

He was later found unresponsive in a transport van and was taken by ambulance to a Las Vegas hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A cause of death from the Clark County coroner is pending.
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