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Drug war casualty? Houston teen dies after swallowing a whole bag of meth in police traffic stop

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Madeleine "Madi" Gene Richardson died from swallowing bag of meth July 2013
Madeleine "Madi" Gene Richardson passed away on Saturday morning after swallowing a baggie of meth before being pulled over for speeding.  Dignity Memorial
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Richardson coached a swim team and attended Lone Star College. Dignity Memorial
Madeleine "Madi" Gene Richardson died from swallowing bag of meth July 2013
Madeleine "Madi" Gene Richardson meth overdose swimsuit
Madeleine "Madi" Gene Richardson in cowboy hat meth overdose

Lone Star College student and Kingwood teen Madeleine Gene Richardson died after making what appears to be a panicked decision to swallow a bag of meth when the police stopped the car she was in.

On Friday around 2:45 p.m., a sheriff deputy pulled over a vehicle on U.S. 290 near Brenham that was speeding. 

After drug paraphernalia and pot residue was found in the car, the 20-year-old driver, Gary Keife, and Richardson, the 19-year-old passenger, were arrested along with another passenger.

Keife and Richardson were charged with a Class-C misdemeanor for the items found in the car and were taken to the police station. The third passenger was released.

 "It's a tragedy when it is such a young person. I don't know, maybe she panicked or got scared." 

Richardson looked ill upon arriving at the station, according to reports. When the officers asked, she admitted to swallowing a baggie of methamphetamine, having apparently made a split-second decision when the car was pulled over.

In Texas, possession of methamphetamine is a felony.

"It's a tragedy when it is such a young person. I don't know, maybe she panicked or got scared," Chief Deputy Jay Petrash of the Washington County Sheriff's Office told the Beaumont Enterprise.

Richardson was rushed to Scott & White Hospital in Brenham. On Saturday morning at 4:30 a.m., the 19-year-old was pronounced dead. The amount of meth that she frantically ingested is unknown because autopsy results have not been released yet.

Her funeral will be held at St. Martha Catholic Church in Porter, Texas on Thursday. 

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