A death investigation is underway in Santa Rosa County after deputies say an inmate died after he admitted to consuming 7 grams of cocaine before being arrested.
The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office says it started off with a traffic stop in Milton on Monday. During the stop, deputies say they noticed a man quickly putting something in his mouth. At the time, the deputy was unable to determine what it was, according to the sheriff’s office. The man was arrested after deputies found a suspended driver’s license and a controlled substance in the car.
The sheriff’s office says when the man arrived at the jail, he was referred to medical because of the unidentified item being swallowed. He was later placed on a “close watch” where he was consistently monitored. Deputies say at around 5:45 Tuesday morning, the man admitted to consuming 7 grams of cocaine during the traffic stop and said he wasn’t feeling well.
Deputies say this was when EMS was contacted by medical staff for transport to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
The sheriff’s office says a full death investigation is underway by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Division. This remains an active investigation. The name of the man will be released after next of kin notification, the sheriff’s office says.