Man arrested for drugs hidden in dentures

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - One man was caught lying through his teeth after police say he was trying to hide drugs in his mouth.

According to a Blytheville police report, officers pulled a vehicle over on 21st and Peabody Street around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Police said the passenger in the truck, Jimmy Elijah Givens, 60, of Blytheville put a large steak knife in his pocket.

The report stated Givens and the driver were "sweating profusely."

Officers asked both to get out of the truck and the driver agreed to a search, according to the report.

When an officer asked Givens if he had anything illegal on him, he stated he did not.

After a search, police reportedly found a crack pipe on him and said that Givens was "having trouble opening his mouth" when he was answering questions.

The report stated Givens then opened his mouth to reveal a white substance that he later tried to swallow.

When police attempted to stop Givens from swallowing, he grabbed an officer's arm and "'squared off' as if he were getting ready to fight," according to the report.

Givens later removed his dentures and showed police the white substance, which tested positive for cocaine, in his mouth.

Police also found a small baggie of white rocks, which also tested positive for cocaine, in the truck and a small baggie of cocaine in Givens' sock.

Givens was arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence, third-degree battery, carrying a prohibited weapon, and resisting arrest.

He was taken to the Mississippi County Jail.

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