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Police get search warrant for man’s rectum

Spokane police officers recently obtained a search warrant for a man's rectum.

The 31-year-old Spokane man was arrested Sept. 10 on misdemeanor warrants after a traffic stop just before 1 a.m.

Police found a knife, marijuana, a digital scale and cash in his backpack, according to court documents. He was being booked into Spokane County Jail on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver when a corrections deputy noticed a foreign object "possibly inside his anal cavity."

"The suspect refused orders to bend over, spread his buttocks and cough," according to the warrant. "He stood with his buttocks clenched tightly and refused to cooperate with any further instructions."

A judge then signed a search warrant authorizing officers to search the man's body cavity, and he was transported to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. The search came up empty.

"A jailer thought he saw something," said Officer Brian Eckerlsey, spokesman for the Spokane Police Department. "But for whatever reason, it didn't come out."

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