Joshua Adams (8692)

1/4/2014: Joshua Adams died shortly after being arrested and allegedly swallowing a white powdery substance. An officer conducted a traffic stop on Adams at about 1:50 a.m. because of what appeared to be an altered temporary license plate. Adams was removed from the vehicle after he was allegedly observed chewing on a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine. The sheriff's office says that after arriving at the Kenner Police Jail Complex, a police supervisor attempted to have Adams explain what he had swallowed, but Adams began spitting blood from his mouth and became unresponsive. Adams was taken to a hospital, where he died. Media reports don't state categorically whether he was booked, so this incident may be outside of FatalEncounters dataset, which does not include individuals after they've been booked into the detention system.

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