Kelowna RCMP provide first aid to man who tried to swallow drugs

A Kelowna man who apparently tried unsuccessfully to swallow the evidence is now facing a drug charge.

On Friday, officers from the Kelowna RCMP drug unit pulled over a silver Chrysler sedan at the Capri Mall and spotted the driver trying to swallow a number of small baggies.

The 24-year-old began choking on them, police say, but with first aid help from an officer, he expelled all of the 17 baggies, which allegedly contained crack cocaine.

”There are three reasons, off the top of my head, why a person shouldn’t be doing that,” said Const. Steve Holmes of the man’s attempt to swallow the bags.

“One clearly is the health implications. If one of the baggies burst inside a person’s stomach, it could be a fatal dose,” said Holmes.

“The second part is that it is very hard to refute possession at that point because they’re inside you and thirdly, we’re going to get the evidence anyway.”

Police say the baggies contained 18 grams of crack cocaine and also say they seized $2,800 from the man and his vehicle.

The driver of the car was arrested for possession for the purpose of trafficking and drive while prohibited. He and a 21-year-old woman who was in the vehicle with him have been released on promises to appear in court at a later date.

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