Cops: Man dies after brother coaxes him to swallow cocaine in cop car

Wayne Mitchell, left, died after swallowing cocaine. His brother, DeAngelo Mitchell, faces manslaughter charges.
Wayne Mitchell, left, died after swallowing cocaine. His brother, DeAngelo Mitchell, faces manslaughter charges.

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston police are looking for a man they say asked his little brother to eat cocaine in the back of a police car. The younger brother later died.

Police officers say that on Nov. 30 they pulled over a car on Clements Avenue for a headlight that was out. Police then searched the vehicle and found bags with white powder in it.

Officers put the two brothers, 22-year-old DeAngelo Rashard Mitchell and 19-year-old Wayne Joshua Mitchell, in the back of a police cruiser while they searched the car. That is when officers say DeAngelo Mitchell told his brother he couldn't afford another strike against him and that he needed his brother to eat the cocaine he had in his possession. The incident was recorded on the police cruiser's dash cam.

"You gonna eat it, you gonna chew it," DeAngelo Mitchell told his brother. "You ain't got no strike ... I can get you out ... I can't afford another strike."

Mitchell then appears to hand off the cocaine, which was stuffed in his buttocks, to his brother.

"One of us gotta do it," Mitchell said. "You the only one that don't have no strikes ... You my lil' brother ... I'm gonna get life ... You gonna unwrap it? Want me to hand you it?"

According to police, Wayne Mitchell then ate the cocaine.

"You done?" Mitchell asked. "Chew that (expletive)."

A few minutes later, Wayne Mitchell began to show signs that something was wrong. DeAngelo Mitchell started yelling when his brother started having trouble holding his head up. Wayne Mitchell later died at a hospital.

"It's sickening," said North Charleston police chief Jon Zumwalt. "I got upset when I saw the thing, I'm pretty shocked about it."

Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten says that Mitchell died within an hour from eating the cocaine. Wooten said there was an extremely high amount of the drug in his body. She says there is no way to tell how much he actually ate.

"For me, an older brother is supposed to love his little brother, have his back and take good care of him," Zumwalt said. "That's not what was happening in this car."

DeAngelo Mitchell told officers that he thought his brother swallowed an ounce of cocaine.

Zumwalt says that at the time, DeAngelo Mitchell was only facing drug charges. He posted a $25,000 bond on Dec. 1. He will now be charged with involuntary manslaughter.

"He handed those drugs to his little brother, the little brother ingested them and died," Zumwalt said. "He needs to be held accountable."

Police say they couldn't charged him with involuntary manslaughter until the toxicology report came back. Police got the results back this week.

DeAngelo Mitchell's rap sheet includes drug possession convictions in 2006, 2007 and 2008. He was also convicted this past August for distribution of cocaine base.

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