Toxicology Report: Meth found in system of man shot by US marshal

Updated: 08/19/2014 2:56 PM | Created: 08/19/2014 1:42 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

A man shot and killed by a U.S. deputy marshal in July had a large amount of methamphetamine in his bloodstream at the time of the shooting, according to the Office of the Medical Investigator's toxicology report.

On July 2, deputy marshals attempted to serve a federal arrest warrant near 98th and Dennis when they shot Anthony Jacob Chavez, 27. Albuquerque police said Chavez pointed a BB gun at a deputy during the incident.

According to the OMI, Chavez's blood contained 680 ng/mL of meth and trace amounts of cannabinoids and amphetamines.

The OMI says blood levels of 200-600 ng/mL have been reported in "methamphetamine abusers who exhibited violent and irrational behavior." The report also noted that high doses of methamphetamine can also elicit restlessness, confusion, hallucinations, circulatory collapse and convulsions.

According to the autopsy report, Chavez died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Chavez was on probation on a conviction for transporting people illegally into the United States. The conviction resulted from a 2010 arrest in Luna County.

According to court records, Chavez had a pending criminal case in which he was charged with vehicular homicide in 2013.

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