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Man on bail swallowed blunt, police say

SCRANTON – A man out on bail allegedly swallowed a roach to hide it from police during a traffic stop this week.

Jameson Emmanuel Duggan, 27, of Cedar Avenue, Scranton, faces charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence for the alleged April 19 incident.

According to an affidavit:

Scranton Patrolman William Golden stopped Duggan’s vehicle on Cedar Avenue for an improper lane change. Police recognized Duggan for his recent distribution of illegal drugs.

He also had a summary warrant our for failure to pay for a criminal trespassing charge from Magistrate Alyce Hailstone Farrell.

Duggan mumbled when police asked if he understood a written warning, and police suspected he was concealing narcotics. He allegedly struggled with Golden and Patrolman Michael Costanzo, at which time he swallowed all contraband in his mouth.

He told the officers he “swallowed a roach…and that he was scared because he was out on bail,” the complaint states.

Duggan was held for a lack of $5,000 bail after an April 19 arraignment. A preliminary hearing is set for April 26.

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