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Man arrested for marijuana dies in Texas jail

Wendale Webb. Photo by Fort Worth Police Department
Wendale Webb. Photo by Fort Worth Police Department

A man arrested for simple possession of marijuana was found dead in the Mansfield Jail.

Wendale Webb, 44, of Emory was arrested on Sunday during an investigation in the 3500 block of East Lancaster Avenue, said officer Daniel Segura, a police spokesman.

Webb was sitting in a vehicle at a local discount cigarette store.

Segura said officers reported that Webb possessed less than 2 ounces of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor.

Webb was initially taken to the Fort Worth Jail, and then transferred to Mansfield Jail at 9:35 p.m. Sunday night. He was found unresponsive later that night, and was pronounced dead by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office at 12:45 a.m. Monday morning.

Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018
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Jail personnel and Mansfield Fire & Rescue performed CPR on Webb according to officer Thad Penkala, a Mansfield police spokesman. “They never made it out of the jail lot,” Penkala said.

Asked if foul play was involved, Penkala said, “We are investigating it as a death.”

The medical examiner had not ruled on the cause or manner of the death by Monday night according to the Star-Telegram.

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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