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Police perform Heimlich to save man’s life, then arrest him

A Buffalo police officer saved a choking man’s life by performing the Heimlich maneuver. But after the man coughed up a baggie of cocaine, he cuffed him, according to police.

Central District Officers Sean McCabe and Omar Rodriguez said they were on routine patrol Thursday on Whitney Place, between Maryland and Virginia streets, when they saw Bryan Ramos sitting outside a vacant house.

When they approached Ramos for questioning and for a pat down, he put a pack of cigarettes in his mouth that appeared to contain drugs, according to an arrest report. Ramos struggled, and he was pulled by the officers to the ground. He continued to resist, so the officers sprayed him with pepper spray, according to the report.

Ramos began having a hard time breathing, and was turning purple, so McCabe performed the Heimlich on Ramos, according to police reports. Officers said Ramos coughed up the wet cigarette pack containing a plastic bag of cocaine.

Ramos, 23, of Massachusetts Avenue, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and criminal trespass following the 6:26 p.m. incident, according to police.

After his arrest, Ramos told the officers his cousin had asked him to hold the items.

“If there is something in that bag I am [in deep trouble]. That bag is huge. I know it’s probably a B felony,” Ramos said, according to police. .

Ramos also was wanted on a Buffalo City Court bench warrant from 2013. The case involved assault and harassment charges from 2012.

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