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Miami Man Drowns Fleeing Drug Bust

Submitted by Phillip Smith on (Issue #702)
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Margate Canal, Miami (
A Miami man drowned Saturday night attempting to flee a drug bust. Winston Gaskin, 23, becomes the 38th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

According to NBC-TV Miami, citing police sources, police responded to a call about narcotics activity at a convenience store on Northwest 19th Street. When an officer engaged attempted to engage Gaskin at the scene, he took off running and jumped into a canal. He only made it about half way across before he began struggling, then went under.

"The suspect swam for a little bit," before encountering trouble, said police spokeswoman Constance Stanley. "At that time, officers called paramedics and they assisted in pulling him out of the canal, performing CPR until paramedics arrived."

Gaskin was transported to Florida Medical Center in critical condition and was pronounced dead shortly before midnight.

"The police later found out that Mr. Gaskin did have an arrest warrant out for cocaine possession," Stanley said, "so that could be the reason that he fled."

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nostalgic (not verified)

u really are an evil bastard for saying that. This is not the whole story anyway, he was tased while jumping in the canal, that was what caused my my friend's heart to give up & why he was struggling

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 11:40pm Permalink

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