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Man ingests cocaine hidden in pants, has stomach pumped

A Minnesota man had to have his stomach pumped after he reportedly took cocaine that was hidden between his butt cheeks and ingested it while in police custody. The incident took place in mid-November in Rochester.

According to local media reports, Rochester police received a report about property damage by someone who could have a gun. Responding officers encountered the defendant, age 25, and searched him. While patting him down, they reportedly felt an object the "size of a bouncy ball" in the rear of his pants. They placed him under arrest and transported him to the local jail for processing. During the journey, he apparently retrieved the ball-shaped object, which was filled with cocaine, from his pants and ingested the drugs. After arriving at the jail, he began coughing. Officers then noticed white powder around his nose and took him to St. Mary's Hospital to have his stomach pumped.

The debate over who is too drunk to drive

Each day, an average of 29 people die from car crashes caused by drunk drivers. There may be fewer such crashes on roads in Minnesota and throughout America by lowering the legal blood alcohol content limit to .05 percent. This is according to the National Traffic Safety Board, which has suggested lowering the legal limit from its current .08 percent. Research from the Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute found that 55 percent of Americans agree with that idea.

Furthermore, 44 percent said that the legal limit should be .00 percent. However, others say that lowering the limit could turn those who drink responsibly into criminals. This was among the concerns expressed when Utah decided to lower its legal blood alcohol limit to .05 percent for 2019.

Woman busted after posting she would "never be caught"

Throughout history, many people in Minnesota and elsewhere have gotten away with various crimes. However, most of them didn't make the mistake of drawing unwanted attention to themselves by taunting that they would "never be caught" on social media.

On Oct. 8, a 31-year-old woman wanted on 16 outstanding warrants was arrested in Michigan City, Indiana. She was taken into custody after members of the Twin Cities Apprehension Team found Facebook posts in which she claimed that she would "never" be apprehended for her alleged crimes. The team posted several of her messages on its Facebook page and began looking for her, searching various properties in North Dakota and Minnesota before locating her in northern Indiana. She was found less than 24 hours after TCAT officers posted her messages. A local informant reportedly told authorities where she was hiding out.

Daz Dillinger faces marijuana charges, reports say

Minnesota fans of musicians Daz Dillinger or Kanye West might be aware of a feud between the two that allegedly led West to take out a restraining order against Dillinger. West may have less to worry about on that account since Dillinger was taken into custody on marijuana-related charges.

The incident occurred outside Dillinger's home in Georgia on Sept. 25. In addition to 117 grams of marijuana, he had a vaporizer, oil, a container of liquid with the label "Cannabis Lean" on it and THC pods. He was charged with one count of possession of more than one ounce of marijuana and 12 counts of possession of a controlled substance. His bond was placed at $15,000.

NFL player detained on suspicion of DUI

Minnesota football fans may be interested to learn that Aaron Neary, currently a center on the Los Angeles Rams practice squad, was detained for driving while intoxicated on Sept. 16. The incident occurred in Simi Valley, Calif., during the early evening hours. Local police were alerted to the alleged incident when 911 calls began coming in claiming that a person was driving their vehicle erratically.

Witnesses alleged that the individual driving the vehicle had crashed into multiple objects, including mailboxes, trash cans and a bus stop sign. Furthermore, the motorist continued to drive erratically after the collisions. Officers located the vehicle and pulled over Neary, who was believed to be drunk after a Breathalyzer field test was administered. He blew a BAC level of .17 percent, which is more than twice the legal limit.

Investigation of narcotic sales in St. Cloud leads to 3 arrests

Agents from the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force arrested two women and one man in St. Cloud after investigating the Black P-Stone gang for heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine distribution. The investigation lasted several months. However, drug purchases by undercover agents ultimately enabled law enforcement to obtain a search warrant on Aug. 29 for the residence of a 25-year-old woman.

Police reported finding 40 grams of heroin in a shoebox at her home along with a .45-caliber bullet. Due to her conviction for assault in 2017, she had been banned from possessing firearms or ammunition. A charge for possessing ammunition as a felon accompanied her felony drug possession charge.

Minnesota man with long DWI history charged after serious wreck

The Dakota County attorney's office issued an arrest warrant for a 59-year-old man from Rosemount this spring for his role in a serious four-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 52. His arrest took place in July, and he remains jailed at the Dakota County Jail with bail set at $250,000.

The man has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1979. This includes 17 DWI convictions, theft, carrying a gun without a permit, disorderly conduct and domestic assault. He currently faces extensive charges that include first-degree DWI, gross-misdemeanor for driving with a canceled license and felony criminal vehicular operation that caused great bodily harm.

Task force helps take several into custody

Authorities in Minnesota reported that seven people had been taken into custody on drug charges. Four people were taken into custody near the White Earth Indian Reservation as the result of action taken by the Paul Bunyan Task Force. During that raid, investigators say that they recovered 32 grams of heroin and a gun at a residence in the area.

Police were able to purchase heroin from a 48-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman at the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. The man was charged with first-degree sale of a controlled substance. Another person was taken into custody at the Paul Bunyan Mall, and heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine was taken from that person in addition to mushrooms.

Woman facing DUI and drug charges after traffic stop

Authorities have reported that a 51-year-old woman was charged with both driving while under the influence of alcohol and drug possession following a routine traffic stop on the evening of Feb. 10. A subsequent breath test is said to have established that the woman's blood alcohol content was actually below Minnesota's .08 percent legal driving limit. Media accounts indicate that the woman was transported to the Washington County Jail after being taken into custody at the scene.

A state trooper pulled the woman's car over on Interstate 494 in the vicinity of 10th Street after responding to reports of an erratic driver in the area of Valley Creek Road. Upon approaching the vehicle, the trooper detected the odor of alcohol and noticed that the woman's eyes were watery and bloodshot. Reports indicate that the woman had difficulty maintaining her balance when exiting her vehicle.

5 arrested in Minnesota drug bust

On July 5, authorities in Minnesota arrested five people for alleged drug offenses after a raid in Ideal Township. The operation was conducted by officers with the Lakes Area Drug Investigation Division, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office and the Baxter Police Department.

According to media reports, officers executed a search warrant at a home on the 10000 block of County Road 16. During the search, they uncovered over three pounds of methamphetamine, ammunition and a large amount of cash. The methamphetamine has an estimated street value in excess of $16,000. A representative of the Crow Wing Sheriff's Office said the raid was conducted as the result of tips from the public and an ongoing investigation.

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