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Man Dies After Swallowing Cocaine at Traffic Stop

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    Police say a driver in a Southeast Texas traffic stop has died after allegedly swallowing crack cocaine and refusing to spit it out.

    Beaumont police say the man died early Wednesday. His name wasn't immediately released. An autopsy has been ordered.

    Police on Tuesday night conducted a traffic stop and approached a car carrying four people. Officers saw a passenger drop something that turned out to be a pipe used to smoke crack cocaine.

    As officers were speaking to the three passengers they noticed the driver had something in his mouth and refused to spit it out.

    A struggle ensued and the man swallowed which police say appeared to be crack cocaine.

    The man was transported to a hospital, refused treatment but then he had a seizure and died.