There are a couple definitions of the word "secreted". Most are familiar with the more common and scientific meaning, which according to TheFreeDictionary.com is, "To generate and separate (a substance) from cells or bodily fluids." However, the word can also be used to mean "conceal," or "hide." When it comes to a recent drug arrest made near Seattle's Pike/Pine corridor, it's the second definition that comes into play.
As Detective Renee Witt describes on the SPD Blotter blog, West Precinct Anti-Crime Team officers were engaged in a narcotics operation in the 1500 block of Second Avenue early this morning when they arrested a 35-year-old man for suspicion of selling drugs. Little did they know the fun was only just starting.
According to the Blotter blog:
While being transported to the precinct the suspect secreted 23.9 grams of crack cocaine in the back seat of the patrol car. The suspect then kicked the patrol car's left rear door, severely damaging it. He also threatened officers by stating that "every Blood out at 3 and P will take care of your asses".
During a routine check of the back seat, officers found the crack cocaine and collected it.
If you're anything like me, the first time you read the above passage you were taken aback. I mean, it's not every day you run into a guy cable of secreting nearly an ounce of crack. That would have to be some sort of medical miracle. It would also make you wonder whether officers used gloves when collecting the secreted drugs.
But, alas, that's where the second, lesser-used definition of the word comes into play - which makes much more sense, and makes for a much less interesting story.
Witt reports that the man's efforts to hide the crack was captured by the squad car's In Car Video system, and that the suspect was subsequently booked into King County Jail on charges of Investigation of VUCSA (PWI) Violation of the Uniform Control Substance Act-Possession With Intent to Sell , Investigation of Malicious Mischief, and Investigation of Harassment and for a Department of Corrections detainer.