City police kept an unusual vigil this morning - waiting for a drug suspect to relieve himself of the evidence.
After stopping a vehicle on Steele Avenue shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday, officers said they observed Davonne L. Brown, 25, of Elton Street, Brooklyn, hide something in his anal cavity.
"A search found nothing that could be recovered at that time," a police news release said, and so began a 12-hour vigil at his cell.
About 4 a.m. today, police said, the wait was over as Brown defecated a plastic baggy containing 17 pieces of crack cocaine individually wrapped for sale.
Brown was charged with third- and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and felony tampering with evidence.
Police said two of Brown's co-defendants were found to be hiding crack cocaine in the cracks of their buttocks.
The driver of the vehicle, Myles Tobes, 48, of James Street, was stopped for allegedly not wearing a seatbelt. He was charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance after police said they found he possessed a crack pipe.
Kendall "Kenneth" McKiver, 16, of Gaston Boulevard, Brooklyn, was charged with one count of third-degree criminal sale and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
James Little, also known as "Blue," 25, of New York Avenue, Brooklyn, was also charged with one count of third-degree sale and two counts of third-degree possession of a controlled substance.
Police said the sale and one of the possession charges filed against McKiver and Little relate to incidents earlier in the year when they allegedly sold crack cocaine to informants.
Police Chief Edgar Beaudin said the suspects list Brooklyn addresses but have been in and out of the city for some time. He said they apparently travel back and forth from Schenectady.
These arrests are the latest in a recent series in which suspects detained for other reasons are found to have quantities of crack cocaine packaged for sale.
"There's a good market here, I guess," said Beaudin.
Tobes was released on $500 bail. Brown, Little and McKiver were ordered held in the Fulton County jail on $100,000 bail apiece.