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.