Carlos Lopez

Police records show that Carlos Lopez, who was arrested on drug charges in December, hid a glass pipe in his rectum during a traffic stop in Fort Lauderdale. (Broward County Sheriff's Office / April 8, 2014)

A Hialeah official who was arrested on drug charges during a traffic stop in Fort Lauderdale in December hid a glass pipe in his rectum, police records show. 

CBS Miami reports that Carlos Lopez, 45, the former purchasing director for the City of Hialeah, was arrested for using methamphetamine Dec. 29 while driving through Fort Lauderdale. He declined comment on the case Monday, according to the Miami Herald.

According to the arrest report, Lopez appeared visually shaken and sweating with a flushed face from an apparent rise in body temperature. His pupils were also dilated and he was reported as having involuntary muscle spasms and slurred repetitive speech. 

Lopez was taken to the hospital to have the pipe removed from his rectum, according to the report. 


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This wasn't Lopez's first incident while working for the city. He was suspended for 30 days back in 1997 and was given a month suspension in 2005 for drug use. A reason was not given for the 1997 suspension. 

In the following weeks after the Fort Lauderdale arrest, Lopez was transferred from purchasing director to a leadership post in Public Works. 

Lopez's case is scheduled for May 7, according to a spokesman for the Broward state atorney's office.