This story could embolden drug dealers and drug buyers across the country.
A Massachusetts man has avoided drug charges after police say he swallowed a bag of white powder believed to be cocaine. The man, 18-year-old Art Taylor, was pulled over over for a minor traffic violation, but police say they witnessed him swallowing a baggie. Without the evidence, however, the man could not be booked on drug charges.
From the Daily Mail:
Taylor was driving his car in Massachusetts when police witnessed him making the minor traffic offence.
They pulled him over - and became suspicious when Taylor refused to give them his license or registration.
Then, suddenly, he darted in to action.
'He made a quick movement to the centre console, and there was a small baggie with a white powder in it', Police spokesperson Ron Brandolini said.
He added: 'He immediately made a movement to put it in his mouth'.
Officers then struggled with the teenager to stop him from swallowing the bag of white powder but to no avail.
The officers were eventually able to handcuff Taylor and remove him from the car, but he had already swallowed what was believed to have been cocaine.
Taylor was charged with assault and battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct, and not using a turn signal.
But no drugs charges were brought against him - as there was no evidence.
Taylor eventually pleaded not guilty and was released on bail, but not before taking a mug shot:
If only mug shots could be used as evidence.