Officials Reveal Cause in Border Patrol Detainee's Death

Six hours after Steven Keith was arrested and taken to a holding cell at the Campo Border Patrol station, he was dead.

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    San Diego County officials revealed what caused a detainee's death while in a holding cell at the Campo Border Patrol station near San Diego on Christmas Day. 

    Steven Brian Keith, 58, of Oakdale, died of methamphetamine toxicity according to the county’s medical examiner.

    The U.S. Border Patrol was criticized for Keith’s death by the man’s family and the human rights group Alliance San Diego.

    Keith was arrested at the Interstate 8 border checkpoint after agents allegedly discovered drug paraphernalia and trace amounts of methamphetamine inside his vehicle.

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    San Diego Sector Border Patrol officials said he was arrested for illegal possession of drugs and intent to distribute three pounds of marijuana.

    Six hours after Keith was arrested and taken to a holding cell at the Campo Border Patrol station, he was dead.

    The Department of Homeland Security Office of Investigator General (OIG) also launched an investigation into the incident.

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