DECATUR — A medical procedure was needed to remove a bag of heroin from between the buttocks of a man Decatur police described as a “body carrier” for transporting the drug.

A sworn police affidavit said the bag contained more than 23 grams of heroin, and Robert P. Porter, 37, was booked on a preliminary charge of manufacture and delivery of a heroin 15-100 grams. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state's attorney's office. An attorney for Porter was not listed in court records.

Decatur police detective Chad Larner wrote in the affidavit that he and detective Scott Marquis came across Porter Tuesday during a traffic stop at the westbound rest area of Interstate 72 near Decatur.

Porter was a passenger in a car, and Larner said he became suspicious of him during questioning. Larner's K-9 partner Leeroy, alerted for the presence of drugs and focused on the passenger seat where Porter had been sitting, the affidavit said.

The affidavit said no drugs were found in the car, but based on the dog's reactions and the awkward way Porter was standing, police were suspicious.

The affidavit said Porter consented to a strip search, and police spotted “a clear plastic object” protruding from between Porter's buttocks. A body cavity search warrant was authorized by a judge.

“Porter was transported to a medical facility, admitted as a patient, and a medical procedure was ultimately conducted by medical staff to extract the bag, (which) field-tested positive for heroin,” Larner wrote.

Porter was being held in the Macon County Jail without bond and is due to be arraigned Sept. 26.

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