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47-year-old Jamaican man dies in US custody

Published:Wednesday | March 15, 2017 | 11:22 AM

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says a 47-year-old Jamaican man, has died in its custody at Lafayette General Hospital in Lafayette, Louisiana.

ICE says Roger Rayson died on Monday of what is believed to have been a heart attack.

It says Rayson was transferred from the LaSalle Detention Facility to LaSalle General Hospital on February 11 for nausea, vomiting and increased pain.

The agency says the appropriate state health and local law enforcement agencies have been advised of the death.

It also says Jamaican consular officials and Rayson's next of kin have been informed.

Rayson was arrested on November 24, 2014 by US Customs and Border Protection in Miami for possession of cocaine.

According to ICE, on April 24, 2015 the Jamaican man was convicted of importation of cocaine and sentenced to 30 months incarceration by the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Rayson is the second detainee to die in ICE custody so far this year.

US President Donald Trump has vowed to hire up to 10,000 immigration and customs officers to accelerate the deportation of unauthorised Caribbean and other immigrants.