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Inquest hears Istiak Yusuf died after taking drugs

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Image caption Istiak Yusuf died in a police cell in Luton in June

A man who died in a police cell took a large amount of drugs despite being searched after his arrest, an inquest has heard.

Istiak Yusuf, 25, died at Luton police station in June after being arrested over an allegation assault.

Ampthill Coroners Court heard Mr Yusuf managed to take cocaine and MDMA after being checked.

Five police officers and three detention officers were subsequently served with misconduct notices.

A post-mortem examination found he died from cocaine, MDMA and alcohol toxicity on 13 June.

Mr Yusuf, who lived in Luton, had a history of drug taking and was serving a suspended sentence for drink driving.

He had been arrested following an allegation of assault against his wife.

Coroner Tom Osborne said the purpose of the inquest was to see whether police took adequate steps to protect his life while in custody.

The hearing continues.

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