Police: Man with suspected cocaine in mouth runs from officers

Officers pulled over Jahnta Campbell after a series of traffic violations, then later observed a white substance in his mouth

Jahnta Campbell, charged with resisting arrest and tampering with evidence

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown Police got more than they bargained for during a traffic stop Saturday night.

Police pulled over 43-year-old Jahnta Campbell after a series of traffic violations driving around Youngstown’s south side. The police report states that Campbell failed to signal prior to change of course twice and ran through a stop sign.

The officer stated that as he was talking to Campbell, he noticed a white substance all over his mouth and a plastic bag inside of his mouth. As he asked Campbell what was in his mouth, Campbell attempted to speak and coughed, causing a small cloud of the white substance to come out of his mouth.

According to the report, the officer suspected the white powder to be cocaine and believed Campbell was trying to destroy evidence.

Police said Campbell agreed to get out of the vehicle and hand over the substance, but then unsuccessfully tried running away on E. Avondale Avenue. He was detained until assisting officers arrived.

Police charged Campbell with resisting arrest and tampering with evidence, and he was cited for not obeying a traffic control device and driving under suspension. And after checking Campbell’s information, police found out his license was under 10 open suspensions, with the most current one for child support.

He was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital to be treated for possible cocaine digestion, and was later released and brought to the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office to await his court date on May 9.

Officers also found an open container of beer in the car, which Maurice Moore, a passenger in the car, admitted to be his, according to the report. Moore was held at gunpoint until help arrived. He was released from the scene on a summons to appear in court on May 18 for knowingly possessing an open container of alcohol inside a motor vehicle.

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