Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Man allegedly ingests bag of crack cocaine during arrest

It probably is not a job for the faint of heart, but somebody has to do it.

On Tuesday (7/29) at 2:27 p.m., Newark Police Officer Nicholas Dapolito spotted a vehicle driven by a man he knew was wanted on a warrant by the Wayne County Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Karmalus LT. Herrington (aka Kojak), age 40, residing at 332 Vienna Street, Apt. 3 in Newark  was stopped. Karmalus struggled with officers, and swallowed a plastic bag of suspected crack cocaine. He refused treatment by ambulance personnel at the scene.

Herrington was subsequently charged with one count each of the following charges related to the stop: Unlawful Possession of Marijuana – a violation, Consuming Alcohol in a vehicle – infraction, Equipment Violation Safety Glass – infraction,  Tampering with Physical Evidence – E-Felony, Resisting Arrest – a misdemeanor.

Karmalus was also charged with 3 counts each of the following: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree – B-Felonies, and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree -B-Felonies.

Karmalus was brought before the Village of Newark Court for arraignment and was remanded to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Jail on No Bail.

Once in jail, the clock began ticking. Herrington was held in the jail medical  unit and closely monitored for the next 18-24 hours for a bowel movement and possible recovery of evidence.

Then, just to ensure his safety, Herrington had to be transported to Newark-Wayne Community Hospital for a costly set of x-rays and a CAT scan to ensure nothing appeared in his system.

According to Wayne County Undersheriff, Rick House, the medical steps are necessary to avoid any consequences of a possible baggie of drugs rupturing in Herrington’s system while he was in custody. If any substance was found by the hospital tests, the Sheriff’s Office, following protocol would have been required to perform immediate surgery for removal to protect him.

House indicated the tests showed nothing in Herrington’s digestive tract and nothing in his bowel movement. The Undersheriff said he is awaiting the final bill for the hospital costs and constant monitoring while in custody.

The charges against Herrington stem from a several month long investigation of the distribution and sales of Cocaine in and around the Newark Community. Members of the Newark Police Department, Wayne-NET and NYS Police participated in the investigation. Also, information gathered during this investigation is believed to help in the future arrests of people involved in the distribution and sales of narcotics in and around the Village of Newark, and Wayne County.

Records show Herrington has an extensive police history, including drugs and violent felonies. He was sentenced to 2-4 years in state prison for a conviction for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 4th Degree.