Coroner: Man died of drug overdose in border cell

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Updated: 3/14/2014 10:13 pm

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A coroner's report says an American citizen died of a methamphetamine overdose at a U.S. Border Patrol station near San Diego after a paramedic dismissed his seizure-like activity as faking.

The San Diego County Office of the Medical Examiner said in a report Friday that 58-year-old Steven Brian Keith died Dec. 25, about seven hours after he was detained at a Border Patrol checkpoint and arrested on suspicion of drug possession.

An agent told investigators that Keith appeared fidgety. He was seen striking his head against a concrete bench in his private cell. A paramedic decided to monitor Keith by video after determining he may have feigned an injury.

Authorities returned about five minutes later and were unable to revive him.

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