Trooper suffers broken ankle in fight with drug suspect

Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2001

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- An Alaska State Trooper suffered a broken ankle Wednesday after a man suspected of carrying drugs began fighting with officers at the Ketchikan Airport.

Troy S. Smart, 30, of Ketchikan, was attempting to leave the city shortly after 5 p.m. In response to a request for assistance from Ketchikan Airport Police, trooper Sgt. Lonny Piscoya contacted Smart and asked if he could search his body and his carryon baggage. Smart consented.

While searching Smart, troopers said, Sgt. Piscoya found a plastic bag containing what appeared to be tar heroin.

Troopers said Smart attacked Piscoya. Smart gained control of the suspected heroin and swallowed it.

Piscoya, assisted by an airport police officer, subdued Smart and placed him under arrest.

Piscoya and Smart were transported to Ketchikan General Hospital.

Smart declined medical treatment but was admitted to the intensive care unit under guard for observation. Smart was charged with assault and evidence tampering.

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