LIMASSOL - An investigation was launched on Friday after a 36-year-old Iranian man in police custody died of a suspected drug overdose.
According to the police, the suspect was arrested in Makarios Avenue on Thursday evening. The suspect locked himself in his car to avoid being apprehended but officers smashed a window and managed to place handcuffs on him. He was taken to a police holding cell where sometime later he had a seizure and lost consciousness. He was pronounced dead upon his arrival at Limassol General Hospital.
After conducting an autopsy state pathologist Eleni Antoniou confirmed the victim died of a pulmonary oedema caused by congestive heart failure.
“A nylon bag containing a narcotic substance was removed from the victim’s stomach. It appears to have burst and likely resulted in his death.”
Authorities are still uncertain over the type of drug in the victim’s system.
“We believe it may be methamphetamine but this will be confirmed after we receive the results of the toxicological test.”