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Sandwich shop owner dies in custody in Harnett County

Posted December 22, 2009 3:48 p.m. EST
Updated December 22, 2009 3:50 p.m. EST

The owner of a chain of local sandwich shops suffered a seizure and died last week while being held at the Harnett County jail, a sheriff's office spokesman said Tuesday.

Ray Shields Brogden, 27, the owner of Andy's Cheesesteaks and Cheeseburgers in Sanford, Lillington and Angier, was arrested Thursday on a charge of trafficking a Schedule I controlled substance, Maj. Gary McNeill said.

While Brogden was at the jail, he had a seizure, McNeill said. Brogden was taken to Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn, where he was pronounced dead.

The State Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill will perform an autopsy to determine Brogden's cause of death.