Officers save man’s life with Heimlich maneuver before arresting him over drugs he coughed up

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By: Wayne Morin

Police officers in New York, saved a man’s life after he choked on drugs.

The police officers in Buffalo, performed the Heimlich maneuver on the coking man, and he coughed up a bag of cocaine.

Police said that officers Omar Rodriguez and Sean McCabe, were on patrol on Whitney Place between Maryland and Virginia streets, when they saw a man sitting outside a vacant house at about 6:00 p.m.

Officers stopped to speak to 23-year-old Bryan Ramos. When they approached, Ramos placed a box of cigarettes in his mouth, according to an arrest report.

Officers tried to stop him from swallowing the drugs, but Ramos resisted. Officers then used pepper spray to get him to the ground.

Ramos began to have difficulty breathing and turned purple so McCabe quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver on him.

Officers said that Ramos coughed up the cigarette package that contained a plastic bag of cocaine.

Ramos was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and trespassing.

Ramos claimed that the drugs did not belong to him. He told police that his cousin asked him to hold the bag of cocaine for him.