FORTY FORT — Police arrested a man from Philadelphia who allegedly tried to hide 10 heroin packets in his rectum late Tuesday night.
Police said they spotted Qawee Abdul Rivers, 19, enter a Turkey Hill store on Wyoming Avenue at about 11:54 p.m.
An arrest warrant was recently issued for Rivers, of Penn Street, Kingston, when he failed to appear for a court hearing on unrelated drug charges filed by Edwardsville police on Sept. 10.
Rivers allegedly told police he had marijuana. He struggled with officers when he was arrested, according to the criminal complaint.
Police allege in the complaint Rivers was in possession of a heroin packet, a plastic bag containing a small amount of marijuana and $180.
Rivers told police he was driving a rented Ford Edge parked in front of the store and his cousin, Tahid Ahmad Green, 21, of Philadelphia, was sleeping in the passenger seat.
Police said Rivers and Green were not on the rental agreement.
A small amount of marijuana was seen inside the vehicle. Green was removed from the car and allegedly found with $1,000 and two cellphones, the complaint says.
Police said Green admitted to having 10 heroin packets he inserted into his rectum, and he willingly removed the drugs.
Rivers was charged with resisting arrest, unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license.
Green was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence.
They were both jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $75,000 bail each.