Traffic stop yields two arrests on drug, battery charges

Published: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.

Police arrested a Gainesville man and woman Monday night during a traffic stop after officers say the woman ate a baggie of cocaine and the man had a cocaine-filled lip balm tube hidden in his anal cavity.

A Gainesville Police Department officer said she pulled over Regina Symonette, 24, of 3101 NE 15th St., Apt. F48, for running a stop sign and failing to maintain a single lane near 20 NE Waldo Road at 11:45 p.m.

As the officer approached the vehicle, she reported seeing Symonette and the passenger, John Goodman, 29, of 2904 NE 11th Drive, moving in the car and Symonette getting up out of her seat. When the officer came to the window, she said she saw a baggie of powder cocaine inside the opening of Symonette’s unzipped pants, the report said.

The officer said she grabbed for the baggie, and Symonette grabbed the officer’s hand and tried to force the baggie out of her hand by squeezing the officer’s fingers. When Symonette finally took control of the baggie, she put it in her mouth and swallowed it as she continued to resist the officer’s efforts to handcuff her, the report said.

Police said they found several pieces of crack cocaine in the vehicle on Goodman’s seat. Both Symonette and Goodman told officers after they were arrested that neither of them had cocaine, the report said.

Goodman later told officers at the jail that he had a lip balm tube filled with cocaine inside his buttocks. In the lip balm tube, police found 0.2 grams of powder cocaine in a baggie and 0.2 grams of crack cocaine, the report said.

Goodman was arrested on charges of cocaine possession and cocaine possession with intent to sell. Symonette was charged with battery on an officer, destroying evidence, drug possession and resisting an officer, according to a police report.

Both Goodman and Symonette were booked into the Alachua County jail, where they both remained Tuesday — Goodman in lieu of $20,000 bond and Symonette without bond.

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