Man brought to emergency room after ingesting crack cocaine during traffic stop in Ogdensburg, police say
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 9:12 am

OGDENSBURG — Ogdensburg police said they arrested a man on drug charges after he allegedly ingested several bags of crack cocaine during a traffic stop Tuesday in the city.

Around 6:24 p.m. police stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and later requested a K-9 unit to respond to the scene, officers said.

As a result of a search of the vehicle, a quantity of heroin and crack cocaine was discovered, police said. The drugs were being concealed by Manual A. Gonzalez Jr., 23, Bronx, according to police.

Police say they discovered that Gonzalez had ingested several bags of crack cocaine and he was transported to the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center emergency room for treatment.

He was later released from the hospital back into police custody, officers said.

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible, police said. Three people were inside the vehicle during the incident.

Gonzalez was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence, all felonies, police said.

He was arraigned in Ogdensburg court by Judge William Small and remanded to the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, on $50,000 bail.