Coroner: Worker who jumped to death had cocaine

May 26, 2011 - 7:29 PM

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — A toxicology report shows cocaine was in the body of a Southern California maintenance worker who jumped to his death after he was called in to work to be laid off.

The Orange County Register reported Thursday that 29-year-old Huy Thanh Pham had .44 mg of cocaine per liter of blood in his body when he died March 17.

Pham jumped from the roof of Costa Mesa's City Hall as officials were handing out pink slips to 213 of the city's 472 employees. He had been working for the city for more than four years.

The case was a flashpoint for anger over the economic recession. Officials were criticized for an outsourcing plan designed to alleviate a $1.4 million budget deficit.