Man swallows meth, fentanyl to avoid drug charges

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A man was transported to the emergency room yesterday afternoon after he reportedly swallowed methamphetamine and fentanyl in attempt to hide them from police, Gillette Police Lt. Brent Wasson said Wednesday.

The man, a 31-year-old Gillette resident, was contacted during a traffic stop on a 2002 Honda that was stopped for running a stop sign near Butler Spaeth Road and Pintail Drive around 2:27 p.m. Dec. 28, Wasson said.

Both he and a 36-year-old male occupant of the vehicle acted nervously when speaking with officers, Wasson continued, adding that the 36-year-old reportedly provided officers with a false name.

Officers recognized the man, however, and knew he had an active arrest warrant. During his arrest, they reportedly located 2 grams of suspected methamphetamine and 6 grams of marijuana, according to Wasson.

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The 31-year-old male was found to have an active warrant as well, but he fought with officers when they tried to arrest him and swallowed a small package that he said contained meth and fentanyl.

Officers transported the 31-year-old male to the emergency room for treatment and, when he was released, took him to the Campbell County Detention Center where he was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, Wasson said.

The 36-year-old male was also charged with possession of meth and possession of marijuana.