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Michigan man reportedly swallowed baggies of cocaine when stopped by police

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Posted at 11:42 AM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-20 11:42:15-04

RICHFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) — A man reportedly swallowed baggies of cocaine when he was stopped by police in Richfield Township.

Police say troopers from the Houghton Lake post stopped a car for an equipment violation on Pinewood Court on Sunday, May 12 at about 1 a.m.

The driver was identified as 38-year-old Paul Wagner of Bay City. A 37-year-old Bay City man was identified as the only passenger in the vehicle.

Police say troopers noticed a baggie containing a white powder inside of the vehicle. Police say Wagner allegedly thrust the baggie in his mouth and began trying to swallow. Alhtough troopers made efforts to physically stop him from swallowing, Wagner reportedly resisted the troopers and revved the car's engine while trying to get it into gear.

Citing a potential for injury, Wagner was tased and was taken into custody, but had swallowed the baggie.

He was taken to a hospital in Grayling, where he was admitted for several days. Police say staff recovered three small baggies containing white powder, which had been passed by Wagner. Police say preliminary field testing suggested the baggies contained cocaine.

Wagner was charged with Possession of Cocaine and Resisting and Obstructing. He was arraigned on May 14 and given a $100,000 bond.