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Inquest into death of inmate who swallowed plastic egg with drugs

The death of an accused drug-trafficker is now the subject of a provincial inquest.

Gregory Jonathan Ingram choked to death after trying to swallow a plastic egg filled with drugs at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.

The inquest will be looking into the circumstances around the 33-year-old's death.

Ingram died at the Ottawa General Hospital in 2009 after being transferred from the Innes Road jail.

Some fellow inmates said he had swallowed the plastic egg to hide it from a passing security guard.

A coroner's jury will hear details about the circumstances surrounding Ingram's death. While the jury will not be tasked with assigning blame, it can make recommendations to prevent similar deaths in the future.

A date for the inquest has not been set yet.

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