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January 30, 2013

Warning: Don't swallow cocaine

THOMASVILLE — A suspect who told narcotics agents he chewed and swallowed a bag of crack cocaine was treated at the Archbold Memorial Hospital emergency room before being booked into the Thomas County Jail.

Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division agents were looking for a man they had been told would deliver crack cocaine and marijuana to a Grady County location.

Officers spotted the vehicle in which the man was traveling on U.S. 319 South. The suspect, Anthony Preshea Barber, 37, 706 E. Walcott St., was a front-seat passenger.

Narcotics agents noticed Barber had something in his mouth.

“We had a conversation with him about what he had in his mouth,” said Kevin Lee, narcotics/vice commander. “We feared he was trying to ingest cocaine to keep us from obtaining it.”

Barber got into a scuffle with agents. After he was arrested, he told officers he had swallowed crack cocaine and was transported by the Thomas County Emergency Medical Service to the emergency room.

See Thursday's edition for more details.

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