Ingestion of amphetamines caused the death of a man in police custody earlier this month.

According to a release from Howard County Coroner Dr. Steven Seele, an autopsy and toxicology test revealed levels of amphetamine in Tavaris McGuire’s system were the cause of his death on Feb.  4. Prior to his death, McGuire, 21, had been arrested for drug-related charges before “exhibiting erratic behavior” at the Howard County Jail during the book-in process and being transported to St. Vincent Hospital’s emergency room where he eventually died.

On Feb. 3, Kokomo Police Department officers engaged in a traffic stop at Mulberry and Leeds streets shortly before midnight. As a result of the stop, three of the car’s occupants were arrested and transported to the Howard County Criminal Justice Center. These individuals were Nicholas Groleau, Harley Mayhew, and Tavaris McGuire. A fourth passenger was released without charges.

At the time, McGuire was charged with possession of methamphetamine and dealing methamphetamine.

During the book-in process, McGuire began to “exhibit erratic behavior, including clutching his chest,” according to a Kokomo Police Department release. Officers then contacted medics to respond to the medical emergency, and McGuire was transported to St. Vincent Hospital’s emergency room. 

According to the coroner’s release, McGuire then died at 1:54 a.m. on Feb. 4. He was found to have “ingested amphetamine prior to being taken into custody by the Kokomo Police Department during a traffic stop.” As a result, the manner of death was classified as an accidental overdose.