A Salisbury man, who police suspect was high on cocaine, faces charges after he was found to be in possession of drugs that were stashed between his “cheeks.”
Derek A. Largent, 39, was arrested by Ocean City Police at 2:11 p.m. on July 21 near 66th Street and charged with possession of drugs other than marijuana and disorderly conduct.
Police said residents at a nearby condominium building reported that a suspicious looking man was knocking on doors and asking to come inside of condos to gain a view of the beach. Some witnesses told police the man appeared to be hiding from someone as he continued to knock on doors.
When police arrived, they spotted Largent on the fourth floor of the building walking away from storage boxes. On top of the boxes, police said, was a tightly rolled one-dollar bill.
Largent told officers he was staying at room 402, and when he knocked on the door with police next to him, the person inside opened it and said he didn’t know Largent, before shutting the door.
Largent, who police said appeared paranoid, started making statements that he was being followed by police and that someone had placed drugs in his rectum.
When officers glanced over at the rolled-up dollar bill on the storage box, there was white powder next to it. Police officers then came to believe he had snorted illegal drugs through the bill.
Largent then squatted down, reached his left hand behind his back and under his butt, and told officers he was trying to pull drugs from his rectum.
“I almost got it,” Largent told the officers, and when asked what was up his bum, he said, “I don’t know, I didn’t put it there. It might be meth. I don’t know.”
Police placed Largent under arrest because they were not sure whether he was reaching for a weapon of some sort, and a search revealed he was in possession of a plastic baggie containing white powder suspected to be cocaine.
The baggie, police noted, was between Largent’s butt cheeks and not in his rectum. Police also found an oxycodone hydrochloride pill in Largent’s pocket.