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Infant dies when police raid ambulance for drugs

A four-month-old baby girl died of respiratory arrest after agents held up the ambulance for 30 minutes in search for drugs that were never found

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — A four-month-old baby girl died when police held up an ambulance suspected of carrying a large shipment of drugs.

The delay was too much for Carla Michel Ruiz Arias, and she died of respiratory arrest on her way to the hospital after a 30 minute search for drugs that were never found, reports.

The National Direction for Drug Control spokesman Miguel Medina called it a “fatal coincidence” and said it was part of an intelligence action that was monitoring the ambulance. Agents found a casket without a corpse and license plates from Puerto Rico, which were deemed as suspicious. The driver was taken into custody and the vehicle was retained, according the Medina

He said they gave the order for the ambulance to go ahead when they realized it was transporting a sick baby. Witnesses say despite being aware of the baby’s condition, it took agents more than 30 minutes to search for drugs that were not located.

Julio César Souffront Velázquez, chairman of the National Direction for Drug Control, said the agents will be punished if an investigation reveals the actions were negligent.

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Robert Conlogue Robert Conlogue Tuesday, May 06, 2014 6:28:24 PM What the heck is wrong with them ! They could have searched the ambulance one they arrived at hospital !
Brian Fritinger Brian Fritinger Wednesday, May 07, 2014 7:17:49 AM Very Negligent in my view
Andrew Kahananui Andrew Kahananui Wednesday, May 07, 2014 7:37:23 AM It's obvious they were negligent.
Tha Extinguisher Tha Extinguisher Wednesday, May 07, 2014 7:40:41 AM Very arrogant, thats how 'corpse' are..
Adam Keli'i Kahananui Adam Keli'i Kahananui Wednesday, May 07, 2014 7:23:30 PM NEGLIGENT!!!
Ed Hillenbrand Ed Hillenbrand Wednesday, May 07, 2014 7:43:03 PM Different country. Many countries ambulances are not used as ambulances. It drives me nuts when we (American) EMS just assume that all nations follow our rules where EMS are the good guys.
Gunner Lovich Gunner Lovich Thursday, May 08, 2014 4:56:50 PM Thankfully our police aren't idiots and have an immense respect for both our Ambulance and Fire Service. On the whole all three Services get along and operate extremely well together even though they are three seperate services.
Christopher Fabulouz Dixon Christopher Fabulouz Dixon Thursday, May 08, 2014 9:02:06 PM the police can not hold us like that when were on a job
Michael Collier Michael Collier Tuesday, May 13, 2014 2:10:46 PM All officer's need to be charged

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