Beaumont man dies after swallowing alleged cocaine

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Associated Press

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 3:32 PM

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Police say a driver in a Southeast Texas traffic stop has died after allegedly swallowing crack cocaine and refusing to spit it out.

Beaumont police say the man died early Wednesday. The name of the 32-year-old Beaumont man wasn't immediately released. An autopsy has been ordered.

Police on Tuesday night conducted a traffic stop and approached a car carrying four people. Officers saw a passenger drop something that turned out to be a crack cocaine pipe. Officers then noticed the driver had something in his mouth and refused to spit it out.

A struggle ensued and the man swallowed which police say appeared to be crack cocaine.

The driver was transported to a hospital, refused treatment but then had a seizure and died as medical personnel tried to save him.

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