Fla. man hid cocaine, pills and heroin in his rectum

January 20th, 2015 by Staff

Nowden was booked into the Flagler County jail on drug trafficking charges.


(Orlando Sentinel) PALM COAST, Fla. – A 29-year-old minivan driver is facing trafficking charges after drugs were found in his rectum following a traffic stop in Flagler County.

Jeffery Charles Nowden, Jr. of Palm Coast was arrested Thursday after a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 1 near Interstate 95, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said.

Detectives got a tip that Nowden was moving heroin and crack cocaine from Michigan to Florida and he would be concealing the drugs in his “rectal cavity,” according to Deputy Paula Priester and his arrest report.

Nowden was speeding in a Chrysler Town and Country before detectives pulled him over, Priester said.

The report said he was going 74 miles per hour in a 65-mph zone.

A deputy and his police dog walked around the minivan and the dog detected narcotics, a report said.

“Detectives located a digital scale inside the vehicle that had a powdery substance on it,” the report added.

The substance tested positive for cocaine, according to a report.

Nowden declined to answer when the deputy asked if he had drugs inside his body, a report said.

So he was taken to Florida Hospital Flagler because of the possible health risks from concealing drugs in his body, the report said.

“While waiting in a room at the emergency room, Nowden pulled out the clear plastic bag containing an assortment of narcotics from his rectal area and gave it to” the deputy, the report said.

He was hiding 20 grams of heroin, 10 grams of cocaine and eight hydromorphone pain pills, according to a report.

“Keeping our community safe and drugs off our streets is our priority,” Flagler County Sheriff James L. Manfre said in statement. “Our detectives did an outstanding job.”

Nowden was charged with trafficking heroin, possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell, possession of hydromorphone and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Nowden is being held at the Flagler County Detention Facility without bond.


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