OUTSIDE MILWAUKEE, WI -- A 27-year-old local man is facing charges after he allegedly swallowed a bag full of heroin after passing out inside a public library.
Anthony M. Domino of Oak Creek was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Monday with one count of possession of a narcotic drug. If convicted, he faces up to 3 ½ years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Aug. 4, an Oak Creek police officer was called to after Domino was spotted passed out at a computer station. He told the officer he had recently been kicked out of the house by his family and was essentially homeless and hadn’t slept the night before so he passed out at the library.
The officer told Domino he would drive him to a bus stop so he could take a bus to his grandparent’s house, which he agreed to. The officer then told him he would need to be searched before getting in a squad car, which Domino was hesitant about, but eventually agreed to.
He continued to put his hands in his pockets, which made the officer concerned Domino was trying to arm himself, so he grabbed Domino by the arm. Domino then grabbed a plastic bag out of his pocket and swallowed it.
The officer took Domino to Wheaton Franciscan Hospital for observation, where Domino became sluggish and had impaired speech. He eventually vomited up the baggie, which had eight aluminum packages of heroin inside.
Domino was then given a Narcan injection to counteract the heroin. He said he swallowed the drugs because he knew the police officer would find them, but decided to vomit it up because he was afraid it would kill him.
Domino is currently out of custody and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.