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Digesting the evidence


Good things come to those who wait.

The saying was proven true after Fort St. John RCMP waited for packages of cocaine to pass through the digestive system of two suspected drug dealers.

On Tuesday, two males were arrested during a "dial-a-dope" investigation. When police came knocking, the males were "observed ingesting pre-packaged cocaine to prevent discovery of the evidence," explained Cpl. Jodi Shelkie in a statement.

The RCMP placed the males in custody and waited it out for the evident to show up.

After four days, officers were rewarded with approximately half an ounce of cocaine, which has a street value of $1,500.

"This is a very risky proposition that drug dealers take," said Shelkie. "If the cocaine packaging were to be compromised in their stomach, the suspects could easily overdose and possibly die.

"Also, we can wait them out. We know it's going to show up sooner or later, there's no getting around that."

Charges of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and obstruction will be recommended against Tumee Panthachith, 28, and Scott Charles Hicks, 38.

Both are from the Fort St. John area and were released with a court date in February.



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