A Hialeah official arrested on drug charges hid a glass pipe in his rectum during a traffic stop in Fort Lauderdale in December, police records showed.
Carlos Lopez, the purchasing director for the City of Hialeah, was arrested for using methamphetamine while driving back on Dec. 29, according to a Fort Lauderdale Police arrest report obtained by the Miami Herald.
Lopez, 45, declined to comment on the case Monday, the Herald reported. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for May 7.
According to the report, a small metal container with methamphetamine was found in Lopez's car during a traffic stop. The officer who pulled Lopez over noticed his pants were unbuttoned and asked if he was hiding anything, and Lopez at first denied it.
A canine officer who responded to the scene started speaking with Lopez, who "admitted to have a methamphetamine glass pipe inside his anal cavity,” the police report said. “López then stated he placed it in his rectum as he was being pulled over so I wouldn’t find it if I searched his vehicle.”
Lopez was taken to a hospital to have the pipe removed, the report said.
The chief of staff for Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez said the city has taken "appropriate management measures" in Lopez's case and are waiting for court proceedings, the Herald reported.