A 19-year-old man who was found unresponsive in the back of a police transport van has died.
Kyler L. Myers of Greenwood, Indiana, was arrested early Monday and charged with two counts of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of disorderly conduct.
The Greenwood police transported Myers to the Johnson County Jail, where he was evaluated by a nurse who determined the teenager should be transported to the hospital which was right next door to the jail.
According to The Indystar newspaper website, Myers was "agitated with other inmates," and "displayed unusual behavior," in the jail.
When the transport jail arrived at the hospital minutes later, Myers was found unresponsive. He was rushed inside the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police do not believe foul play is involved in Myers' death. The youth may have been under the influence of the synthetic street drug 'flakka' -- reportedly named after Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka.
Flakka is a stimulant that causes psychosis and can lead to death if emergency medical attention isn't rendered immediately. The drug is popular among young people due to its cheap price and its ease of availability.
“We have seen it predominantly in the low income areas of the city which are represented by several races and both genders,” Captain Dana Swisher of the Ft. Lauderdale police department told Fusion. “This drug is not used by any specific race or gender, but its effects are quite dangerous to the user.”
An autopsy is scheduled for today.
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