TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - When Trinity police officers arrested a man on an outstanding capias warrant from Walker County and took him to the TPD Jail Tuesday, he allegedly tried to eat a plastic bag containing what turned out to be about 14 grams of cocaine.
Devin Mills is still being held in the Trinity Police Department Jail on a first-degree felony charge of possession of a controlled substance between 1 and 400 grams, third-degree felony tampering with physical evidence, and third-degree felony prohibited substance in a correctional facility.
Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones said one of his officers arrested Mills on the outstanding capias warrant, which basically meant he owed a fine. When Officer Donald Givens told Mills to open his hand, he refused, Jones said.
When the TPD officer went to take Mills' handcuffs off at the jail, he noticed that Mills had his right hand clenched, Jones said.
"Givens had the guy's left hand free at the time," Jones said. "People with one handcuff have been proven to be dangerous and could possibly be deadly. Givens took control of the guy and continued to order to him drop whatever it was in his hand."
Jones said at that point, they didn't know whether Mills had a "gun, knife, or drugs."
"Yes, there are guns small enough to fit in the palm of your hand," Jones said.
Joining the fray, Jones tried to pry Mills' fingers open, but he couldn't do it.
"It was too close of an area for me to shoot him with the Taser, so I took the cartridge off and used the Taser as a dry stunning device," Jones said. "When I did it, he dropped what he had in his hand."
Shortly after the two Trinity police officers realized that it was a bag of cocaine, Mills allegedly "wiggled his hand down, picked up the plastic bag, and tried to swallow it. Jones grabbed his wrist and prevented him from doing so.
Jones said that if Mills had managed to swallow the bag, it could have been deadly for him, Jones said.
"Once he released the cocaine, he stopped resisting and apologized over and over to us," Jones said.
When the officers weighed the cocaine and the bag, they weighed about 14 grams, Jones said. He said a field test proved that it was cocaine.