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Police: Man swallows drugs to hide them from cops during traffic stop

4 years 4 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, December 31 2019 Dec 31, 2019 December 31, 2019 11:33 AM December 31, 2019 in News
Source: WBRZ
Arthur Kinchen

BATON ROUGE - Officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department say a man was arrested after ingesting drugs in hopes of preventing police from finding them. 

According to a police report on Monday afternoon, around 2:15 p.m. officers spotted 23-year-old Arthur Kinchen driving at a high rate of speed along North 48th Street in Baton Rouge. 

Police say after watching him break several traffic laws, they pulled him over.

But as the officers were approaching Kinchen's vehicle, they report that he took something out of his pants and placed it in his mouth.

The officers grabbed Kinchen and told him to put his hands behind his back and spit out what he had in his mouth, but Kinchen allegedly refused to comply until he'd swallowed the item(s). 

Police say Kinchen told them he'd eaten a Percocet pill because he "didn't want to go to jail." 

According to a police report, Kinchen is a known narcotics trafficker in that area and was carrying over $5,000 at the time of his arrest.

He was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of reckless operation of a vehicle, possession of schedule two drugs, obstruction of justice, and resisting an officer.  

Police say Kinchen is also a convicted felon, as he was previously convicted of possession of cocaine.   

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