UPDATE: Autopsy of OCPD arestee, Weston, released
Officials have released the preliminary results from the autopsy of a Delaware man who died after being arrested on drug charges by the OCPD on Sunday.
According to the report, complete results of an autopsy conducted on the body are pending, but the preliminary post-mortem found no signs of external injuries that would have caused his death, and did find signs that he may have ingested drugs.
Officials say an autopsy was initiated Monday at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore on the body of Jerry Weston, 37, of Greenwood, Delaware.
Weston and two others were arrested early Sunday morning on drug charges by the Ocean City Police Department. Weston reportedly became ill while being processed at the police department and was transported by ambulance to Atlantic General Hospital. According to the report he was pronounced dead shortly after 3:30 AM on Sunday.
The Ocean City Police Department apparently requested the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit investigate the death of Weston, and a State Police Homicide Unit investigator attended the autopsy on Monday in Baltimore.
According to the report, the preliminary information from the autopsy indicates there was no sign of any external trauma that would have caused the death of Weston.
Officials say that Pathologists did find pieces of latex and a substance believed to be cocaine in Weston’s digestive tract, which is consistent with his statement to police and medical personnel while he was in distress that he had ingested cocaine.
Doctors at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner have apparently ordered additional tests, including toxicology screenings, as part of this autopsy. Officials say those results are pending and could take up to a month or more to get. Because of this, a ruling has not been made on Weston’s cause and manner of death, and the autopsy remains open pending the results of the ongoing tests.
The Maryland State Police say the investigation is continuing.