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Suspect’s Overwhelming Gas Puts a Stop to Federal Drug Investigation

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A 24-year-old man was able to stop a police interrogation in its tracks through the seemingly strategic use of flatulence. While he was being questioned, Sean A. Sykes Jr. decided to respond to a particular line of inquiry not just with his words, but by repeatedly passing gas, ultimately leading the detective to end the interview earlier than originally planned.

As reported by The Kansas City Star, Sykes was in a car that was subject to a police search after a traffic stop on September 1, during which Kansas City authorities found a backpack that contained drugs and two handguns, one of which, a .357 Magnum, had been reported stolen from a vehicle in the city of Independence a few days earlier. Based on the discovery, Sykes was brought into the police station for questioning.

When detectives questioned Sykes, a Kansas City resident, he denied knowing anything about the drugs and guns, asserting that they weren’t his.

In a report written by a detective working on the case, the detective stated that, when Sykes was asked to provide his address, “Mr. Sykes leaned to one side of his chair and released a loud fart before answering with the address.”

He added, “Mr. Sykes continued to be flatulent, and I ended the interview.”

Sykes was ultimately released at that time and charges were not immediately filed.

While Sykes managed to walk away from the station a free man at that time, he was pulled over again on November 5. According to local authorities, marijuana and crack cocaine were found inside the car along with a .38-caliber revolver that had recently been reported stolen from a location in Overland Park.

Reports did not indicate if Sykes again used flatulence as part of his response in any subsequent questioning.

Sykes has since been charged in US District Court for possession with intent to sell and felony possession of a three firearm, two of which were previously reported stolen.

He made his first court appearance on Monday, where he was ordered to remain in custody pending a bond hearing that is scheduled to occur later in the week.