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Man's body tests positive for cocaine
31-year-old died in custody

LAWRENCEVILLE - The bodily fluids of a Lawrenceville man who died in police custody a week ago have tested positive for cocaine, an official said Friday.

A Gwinnett County Medical Examiner's Office drug screen found cocaine in the urine of 31-year-old Keith Henry Jr., said Ted Bailey, chief medical examiner. Autopsy tests earlier this week showed Henry did not die from traumatic injuries, but drug test results were pending, Bailey said.

Secondary tests by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are pending.

Bailey said officials will factor in witness statements and the GBI's findings before making a final determination as to how Henry died.

Gwinnett police arrested Henry last Saturday afternoon for disorderly conduct after witnesses and police said he banged on car windows, screamed profanities and dropped his pants at a Lilburn Kroger.

When police transported Henry to the Gwinnett County Jail, deputies found him unconscious in the backseat of the cruiser. He died about 90 minutes after his arrest at Gwinnett Medical Center.

Police said the suspect was combative both in the parking lot and en route to the jail. His behavior led officials to believe he was under the effects of drugs or alcohol.

The Gwinnett County Police Department's office of professional standards is investigating Henry's death. Records show the department had not arrested him before.

A Gwinnett police spokesman said officers did not use weapons or Tasers when subduing the suspect.