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NEW: Florida man accused of hiding pipe, syringes in buttocks


A 35-year-old Port St. Lucie man remained in jail Monday after he was found to be hiding drug paraphernalia in his buttocks last week, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies arrested Daniel Gagnon on charges that include possession of drug paraphernalia and heroin possession. He was being held at the Martin County Jail Monday in lieu of $10,750 bail.

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A second man, identified as Ryan Peterson, was given a notice to appear in court after he and Gagnon were pulled over during a traffic stop early Thursday on northbound Interstate 95. The men were stopped after a sheriff’s air unit observed their vehicle fail to stop at a sign as they were leaving a Mobile Gas Station at Southwest Lost River Road and South Kanner Highway.

The vehicle was initially spotted during a suspected drug deal in the Hibiscus Park community, the sheriff’s office said.

During the traffic stop, a deputy noticed signs of drug activity in the vehicle, according to a sheriff’s crash report. Deputies removed both men from the car searched the vehicle. They found multiple spoons throughout as well as a syringe under the passenger seat where Gagnon had been seated, the report said.

Gagnon denied knowledge of the paraphernalia but deputies reportedly found a drug-dispensing push rod in one of his pockets. When asked if he had any more contraband, he replied that he had a pipe and syringe hidden in his buttocks, the report said.

He then pulled two syringes and a pipe from that area, the sheriff’s office said.

Peterson was given the court notice of possession of drug paraphernalia and a verbal warning for the traffic infraction.



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