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BPD: Man dies after swallowing what police believe is crack cocaine

Updated: Wednesday, July 2 2014, 01:15 PM CDT
BEAUMONT - Beaumont Police are investigating the death of a man they say swallowed some type of drug, possibly crack cocaine, when they conducted a traffic stop.

According to investigators, on Tuesday, July 1 at about 10:28 p.m., patrol officers conducted a traffic stop in the 2600 block of I-10 East.  When the walked up to the vehicle, they saw that a driver and three people were inside. While speaking with them, police say they saw one of them drop something on the ground.  The item was recovered and officers discovered that it was a pipe used to smoke crack cocaine.  Officers took that person into custody and temporarily detained the others.

As the officers spoke with the other occupants, they saw that the driver appeared to have something in his mouth.  Officers told the man to spit out what was in his mouth and he refused.  The man would not comply with instructions, was belligerent, and refused to spit out the object, according to police. A struggle ensued and sometime during the struggle, the man swallowed the object in his mouth.  Officers could see residue in the man’s mouth and it appeared to be crack cocaine.  Officers immediately summoned Beaumont EMS.

Beaumont EMS arrived and transported the man to a local hospital.  The man was alert and conscious throughout the transport.  He remained extremely uncooperative during the transport as well as when he arrived at the emergency room.  He refused treatment at the hospital but then he began to have a seizure.  Hospital personnel worked to save the man, but he was pronounced dead at about 12:01 a.m. this morning.

Judge Nancy Beaulieu was notified and ordered an autopsy.  Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division and Investigators from Internal Affairs Unit will also conduct an investigation as is customary with any in-custody death.

The driver was a 32-year-old Beaumont man.  Police aren't releasing the man's name until they're able to notify his family.BPD: Man dies after swallowing what police believe is crack cocaine


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