Detectives rushed into an interview room and stopped a 22-year-old Zion man from swallowing a bag of heroin last week that he had hidden on him, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff's detectives were monitoring Julian I. King as he was waiting in the interview room on July 11 following his arrest, and saw him pull an item from his underwear and put it in his mouth, police said.
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Detectives found him gagging as he spit a clear plastic baggie onto the floor, which contained 8.5 grams of heroin and two capsules of Dormin, which is used to cut heroin, according to the sheriff's office.
Lake County sheriff's police stopped a 2006 Chrysler at about 5 p.m. on July 11 at Lewis Avenue and Argonne Drive, and during the stop discovered drug paraphernalia on King, police said.
After the arrest, officers believed King had more narcotics on him due to his demeanor and erratic movements, but he refused a further search, police said.
King admitted that he concealed the bag containing the heroin and pills in his anus and told detectives he was trying to swallow it when detectives entered the room, according to authorities.
King was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance.
King is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.