A Salvadoran who was being held at the Krome detention center in west Miami-Dade died at Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami from possible complications as a result of alcohol abuse, according to federal immigration authorities.
Jose Leonardo Lemus Rajo, 23, was transferred from Krome to the hospital April 26, after experiencing alcohol withdrawal symptoms, according to a statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
“At approximately 6:30 p.m. on April 28, Lemus Rajo stopped breathing,” the statement said. “Physicians at Kendall Regional Medical Center attempted to resuscitate him but were unsuccessful and they declared him deceased at 7:15 p.m.”
Lemus Rajo had been in ICE custody since April 25, following his arrest by ICE officers at the Florida Department of Corrections Probation and Parole.
“As is the case with all ICE detainees, Lemus Rajo underwent a medical screening shortly after coming into ICE custody, which uncovered symptoms related to alcohol abuse for which he was immediately treated,” the statement said.
Lemus Rajo had been ordered deported by an immigration judge on June 7, 2011. Details on the reason were not available.