A 36-year-old Mexican national died at a hospital Tuesday after being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel in Las Vegas, federal officials said Wednesday.
Miguel Sarabia-Ortega died at Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center. The cause of death will be determined by the Clark County coroner’s office.
Federal officials said Sarabia-Ortega was detained Tuesday morning by Las Vegas police on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine pipes. After a background check was conducted, he was turned over to ICE’s local office to be interviewed and processed.
Federal officials said Sarabia-Ortega was a legal permanent resident but was flagged by ICE during the background check, conducted by Las Vegas police.
While at the ICE office, Sarabia-Ortega became “highly agitated,” yelling and attempting to remove his handcuffs, officials said.
He was placed in a van to be transferred to an overnight facility.
Minutes later, ICE officers noticed Sarabia-Ortega was unresponsive. He was rushed to Desert Springs hospital, where he died.
Federal officials said Las Vegas police will conduct an investigation into Sarabia-Ortega’s death.
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