Indiana Teen Dies in Police Custody After Taking Synthetic Marijuana

By Victoria Kim 05/22/15

Kyler Myers died while being transported to the hospital from county jail.

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Police are investigating the death of an Indiana teen who died in police custody earlier this month. Kyler L. Myers, 19, was found unconscious in the back of a jail transport vehicle en route to the hospital, police said. He had told officers that he had used synthetic marijuana before his arrest.

Myers had called Greenwood police to his home on May 10 to report an attempted break-in of his home. According to CBS4Indy, on the night of his arrest, the police had been called to his home “multiple times in response to reports of erratic behavior.”

The police discovered drug paraphernalia, including a large glass pipe with some residue and a hookah at Myers’ home. He admitted to taking K2 or Spice—a mixture of herbs sprayed with synthetic chemicals that mimics the effects of marijuana—the day before and just prior to his arrest.

But when asked by police how much K2 he consumed, Myers said he was “uncertain of when he actually consumed it because he was confused about what time it was,” according to the report from the Greenwood Police Department.

Myers was arrested on charges of “reckless possession of paraphernalia” and disorderly conduct. The police concluded that Myers had “experienced a hallucination of his previous guests in his residence” as a result of taking synthetic marijuana to explain his report of a break-in.

Upon arriving at the Johnson County Jail, police reported Myers “became increasingly agitated with other inmates and displayed unusual behavior.” The jail nurse asked that the teen be taken to the hospital, which is across the street from the jail.

Myers walked himself to the jail van, where he was secured with hand, belt, and leg restraints, according to Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox. When they arrived at the hospital, Myers was unresponsive. He was taken to the emergency room where doctors were unable to revive him.

Synthetic marijuana has been linked to several deaths in the U.S. and abroad. In July 2014, another 19-year-old California teen, Connor Eckhardt, slipped into a coma and died after smoking the synthetic drug.

Documented effects of synthetic marijuana include death, increased heart rate and blood pressure, and may result in seizures, psychotic episodes, heart attacks, strokes, and kidney damage.

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