ANDOVER — A man who had injected heroin just before his arrest had to be revived from an overdose by his arresting officers, and was later taken into custody on the original drug charges.

According to police, 32-year-old Christopher M. Richards of Newton was the passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for broken lights on Saturday night. During the traffic stop, Richards allegedly tried to get another passenger in the car to hide folds of heroin before admitting to officers that they were his. In addition to those drugs he told police he also had 220 wax folds of heroin in his possession.

After his arrest, police say Richards began to overdose as a result of the heroin he took prior to the apprehension. He was administered Narcan by the officers, revived and taken to the Newton Medical Center for additional treatment.

After being discharged from the hospital, Richards was taken into custody and charged with possession of heroin, possession of syringes and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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