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Feb 17, 2013 11:57 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Man dies while detained at border crossing

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego police are investigating the death of a 51-year-old man who collapsed while being detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.

Lt. Ernie Herbert said Sunday that agents did not use any force when they took him into custody.

U-T San Diego reports (http://bit.ly/XjRMAE) the man and two relatives had driven to the San Ysidro border crossing from Tijuana Saturday when they were directed to a secondary inspection area. During the process, the man was handcuffed and taken to a security office for further inspection.

Herbert said that agents removed the handcuffs and asked the man to empty his pockets. He collapsed as he placed the items on a counter.

The man's name and nationality were not released. An autopsy was pending to determine the cause of death.

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