Man swallows drugs during police encounter

A suspicious vehicle call Friday led to the arrest of a Princeton, La., man on numerous charges. 

Ruston Police responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle at The Springs Church on South Barnett Springs Street Saturday. A records check of John Donaho, 35, revealed he was wanted the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Department on warrants for a battery of a dating partner and theft of a motor vehicle. The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Department also held a warrant for Donaho for misdemeanor theft. In a search, a vape pen Donaho said contained THC was found in his pocket.

Donahoe was arrested and placed in a patrol car to travel to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center. He was told if he had anything hidden on his any contraband on his body it would result in additional charges if he took it into the detention center. 

During the trip, his behavior changed. He began to sweat profusely and seemed to be experiencing abdominal pain. At the detention center, deputies found a small bag of suspected methamphetamine hidden in Donahoe‘s body. A body scan was completed in detention center staff advised they observed a and abnormality consistent with swallowing narcotics. 

Donaho was taken to the North Louisiana Medical Center where the contents of his stomach, including chunks of suspected methamphetamine, were removed. Donaho admitted to swallowing approximately 6 grams of methamphetamine when he saw police. 

Donaho was booked for possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance and a drug free zone, possession of a schedule one controlled substance (THC), introduction of contraband into a correctional facility, obstruction of justice by destroying evidence, and the warrants from Natchitoches and Caddo parishes.

Bail was set at $62,500.

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