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Man dies during narcotics investigation

January 21, 2008

Houston police are awaiting autopsy results on a man who died while police were questioning him for a narcotics investigation early Sunday morning.
Eric Junin Chavarria, 22, was pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann City Hospital.
Two HPD officers were on patrol around 3:15 a.m. in the parking lot of a nightclub called “Perfect Rack” in the 2000 block of Mangum.

The area is known for narcotics, gang and weapons activitites.
The officers saw Chavarria and another male sitting in a car with the windows down.
The officers immediately smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car.
As the officers approached, they noticed both men making overt movements in the vehicle.
Chavarria got out of the driver’s seat of the car and started walking away, drinking an unknown substance.
Police told the other man to remain in the car. They found powder cocaine on his person and arrested him.
Chavarria was not initially arrested, but a short time later police gathered information that he was in possession of a larger amount of cocaine than the passenger.
Chavarria was standing beside one of the officers when he fell into him and landed on the pavement. He appeared to be having a seizure.
Paramedics were called, and he was rushed to the hospital.
A witness said Chavarria had admitted to swallowing more than one quarter of an ounce of drugs.
The incident is being invested by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions, as well as the Harris County District Attorney’s office.

Posted by ttimmins at January 21, 2008 4:24 PM

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Too bad, so sad…..Not a big loss…..Sure LULAC will somehow come out of the woodwork and blame HPD for his death….Had they just let this poor youngster smoke his dope instead of being forced to swallow it to avoid arrest, he would still be alive today….See ya Eric!!

Posted by: Anonymous at January 22, 2008 7:36 PM

If every drug dealer/user would do that, it sure would save the taxpayers tons of money.. Way to set the bar Eric.

Posted by: Trevor Munkee at January 23, 2008 2:16 AM

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