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Man accused of hiding drugs in his mouth

September 23, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

A Rogers Park man was arrested Sunday afternoon after allegedly swallowing a small plastic bag suspected to be cocaine, county prosecutors said.

Michael Leslie, 22, of the 7300 block of North Damen Avenue, was loitering near Gale Elementary School, an area known for its gang and narcotics activity, the police report said, when an officer approached him to conduct a street stop.

Leslie allegedly put something in his mouth as the officer approached and had trouble speaking when she spoke to him, and refused to spit the item out when she told him to. Then, the report said, he pushed the officer in the chest with his hands and attempted to bite her. The police report also said the officer was able to see a clear plastic baggie containing crack-cocaine in his mouth, "which he was able to swallow."

Leslie was taken to St. Francis Hospital to be treated, and one officer was treated for a hand fracture and another for a cut lip. Leslie, "a known and heavily documented member of the Gangster Disciples street gang," was charged with multiple counts of aggravated battery, resisting arrest, and violating bail bond conditions. No drugs were recovered, the report said.

He was ordered held on $75,000 bond.

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