NYPD: Woman in custody on drug arrest suffers apparent seizure, dies



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NEW YORK — The New York Police Department says a woman who was in custody on a drug-related arrest died after suffering an apparent seizure while she was being processed.

Authorities say 22-year-old Jasmine Lawrence of the Bronx had been arrested around 8 p.m. Saturday on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn on charges of criminal sale of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana.

She was put into a holding cell at the 79th precinct around 10 p.m. as her arrest was processed. Police said shortly before midnight she had an apparent seizure in the cell area. Emergency medical personnel arrived minutes later. She was taken to the hospital at 12:44 a.m. Sunday, and pronounced dead a short time later.

The medical examiner will determine cause of death.

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