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A Jamestown man who died in custody last month ingested a lethal amount of methamphetamine while being booked in jail, the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department announced Monday.

James Jones was arrested by deputies for an outstanding warrant on May 3, according to Sgt. Jeff Wilson. While being booked into the Tuolumne County Jail deputies found Jones was in possession of a glass pipe used for smoking methamphetamine.

Deputies ordered Jones to be “strip searched” since he already had brought contraband into the facility, Wilson said.

During the search a jail deputy saw a white substance in Jones’ mouth. He ordered Jones to spit it out but he instead swallowed it.

He was taken to Sonora Regional Medical Center, where he admitted he had swallowed an “8 ball,” or 3.5 grams of methamphetamine.

Jones progressively showed signs of methamphetamine overdose and eventually died despite life saving measures, Wilsons said.

A pathologist at the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office determined Jones died of methamphetamine toxicity.

The amount of methamphetamine in Jones’ system was 16 times the “potentially toxic” level, Wilson said.

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