OGDENSBURG City police got more than they bargained for Friday when a routine traffic stop netted an alleged drug dealer who police say was carrying 78 plastic bags of crack cocaine in his rectum.
The Ogdensburg police Narcotics Enforcement Unit arrested Dejuan J. Butler, 22, of Lumberton, N.C., at 2:20 p.m. Friday on the 900 block of Greene Street on charges of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies, and misdemeanor false impersonation.
Police said Mr. Butler was arrested as the result of a traffic stop. Information was not available Friday on the reason for the stop, but police said they identified him as someone who was involved in a previous drug investigation.
Detective Daniel C. Mousaw said in a news release that the citys Narcotics Enforcement Unit previously had purchased crack cocaine from Mr. Butler in a controlled buy.
Once back at the police station, police said, Mr. Butler insisted his name was David J. Barksdale and that he was from Atlanta, Ga.
Police said they later learned his real name and that Mr. Butler was wanted by the North Carolina Department of Corrections for absconding from parole.
Police said he was on parole for charges of breaking and entering, kidnapping and robbery.
A search of Mr. Butlers person, prior to his being placed in a holding cell, led to the discovery of a large bag of individual wrapped packets of crack cocaine.
Police said in all, there were 78 baggies of crack cocaine hidden in Mr. Butlers rectum.
Mr. Butler is being held at the city police lockup pending his arraignment this morning.
Police said he is expected to answer Fridays charges here before being extradited to answer parole violation charges in North Carolina.