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Police: Kingwood teen swallowed bag of meth in traffic stop, died

Chron.com, July 9, 2013

The Texas Rangers are investigating the death of a Kingwood woman just hours after a weekend traffic stop in Washington County.

Madeleine Gene Richardson, 19, died at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Chief Deputy Jay Petrash of the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

A sheriff's deputy pulled over a vehicle for speeding at 2:45 p.m. Friday on U.S. 290 near Brenham. Officers found drug paraphernalia and small amount of marijuana, and arrested Richardson and the driver, Gary Keife, 20, also of Kingwood, investigators said.

"As soon as they got in the sally port at the (Washington County) Jail, they noted that she looked a little bit ill and was starting to shake," Petrash said. "They asked what she took, and she admitted to swallowing a baggie of meth."

Richardson was rushed to Scott & White Hospital-Brenham. Results of an autopsy are pending at the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office.

The sheriff's office reported the death to the Texas Rangers, which by law investigates all fatalities that occur while someone is in custody. The investigation is ongoing.

"We're never going to know why she swallowed it (methamphetamine)," Petrash said. "It's just tragic."