For Immediate Release - September 13, 2009

Man's Cause Of Death Pending Toxicology

Preliminary Medical Information Reveals Cocaine in System

A man who suffered medical distress in a cell at the Andover Police Barracks just hours after his arrest on outstanding warrants, was found to have cocaine in his system, according to a preliminary review of medical information from Lawrence General Hospital and the New England Organ Bank. The exact cause of death is pending toxicology.

According to the results of an autopsy conducted yesterday at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston, there was no trauma to the body of Maxsuel Medeiros, 25, of Framingham, and foul play is not suspected. Mr. Medeiros, who had aliases of Maxeel Campos and Maxwell Pires, died at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston at 6 a.m. on September 11.

Mr. Medeiros was a passenger in a car traveling on Route 495 South in Andover near Route 93 on Friday, August 31, when the car was pulled over shortly after 5 p.m. The driver, Justin Sawyer, 30, of Marlborough, was stopped for a marked lanes violation, and allowed to leave.

Mr. Medeiros was arrested on outstanding warrants from Framingham District Court, charging him with possession of Class B, cocaine, with intent to distribute, and possession of Class D, marijuana.

Mr. Medeiros was brought to the Andover State Police Barracks, booked, and placed in a cell. At 9:10 p.m., the desk officer saw that Mr. Medeiros was in need of medical attention, and an ambulance responded. Mr. Medeiros was transported to Lawrence General Hospital, and subsequently to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Police attempted that evening to contact his family by going to his two known addresses, both in Framingham, but were unsuccessful.

Although he was in Massachusetts General Hospital, Mr. Medeiros was still considered to be in police custody. As is protocol, whenever someone dies in police custody, an investigation is conducted by that county's District Attorney's Office.

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