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Family of man who died in custody: Evidence missing in case

BALTIMORE (AP) — The family of a man who died after a struggle with Baltimore police officers says the department has been unable to produce the drugs they say he had on him when he was stopped.

Officers stopped 44-year-old Tyrone West in July 2013 for a traffic violation. Police said they noticed a bulge in his sock and when officers tried to inspect it, West started running.

Officers chased him and eventually a struggle ensued. An official autopsy found that West died during the struggle of a heart condition. The family disputes the cause of death, and last year commissioned a review of the autopsy that concluded West died because he was unable to breathe while being restrained.

The family is suing the police department. The department declined to comment.

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