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Motorist died after drug deal, inquest told

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 09, 2013

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A motorist collapsed and died after being stopped by police following a suspected drug deal, an inquest has heard.

Stephen Hembury, from Prince Rock, Plymouth, suffered a fatal heart attack as he was being searched at the roadside. He had been pulled over after a plain-clothed officer spied a suspected drug dealer getting into the 62-year-old's car. An inquest into Mr Hembury's death in the city yesterday heard how he was found with heroin in his pocket.

PC Chris Collins had spotted a man named Gary Leggett getting into a light blue Ford Focus, driven by Mr Hembury, at around 2.30pm on Thursday, September 20, last year, the inquest was told.

In a statement read out by Coroner Ian Arrow, PC Collins said police had information linking Mr Leggett to the supply of Class A drugs. The suspect remained in the car for around 10 seconds before getting out, arousing suspicion that a drug deal may have taken place, he said.

The pathologist confirmed the cause of death as ischemic heart disease and acute myocardial ischaemia. The coroner recorded a verdict of death by natural causes.

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