Police: Woman tried to eat cocaine to conceal it

Route 9 in Livingston, where a town woman was charged with felonies, following a traffic stop Thursday. Bill Williams/Columbia-Greene Media

LIVINGSTON — A Columbia County woman was arrested on felony charges after she attempted to conceal cocaine by swallowing it during a traffic stop, Aaron Hicks, public information officer for state police Troop K, said Friday.

Brigid M. Fonda, 54, of Livingston, was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony, tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest, both class A misdemeanors, Hicks said.

On Thursday, at about 4:50 p.m., troopers pulled over a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Fonda on Route 9 in Livingston for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law, Hicks said.

An investigation revealed that Fonda was in possession of approximately 7 grams of cocaine. Once police discovered the drugs, Fonda attempted to destroy the evidence by eating it and actively resisted arrest, Hicks said.

Police were able to stop Fonda before she ingested any of the drug, Hicks said.

Fonda was arraigned in Livingston Town Court and was released on her own recognizance. She is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 5.

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