A mouth search can be performed by police with consent, but swallowing a package is a medical emergency.
I have recently had a couple of enquiries concerning the powers of the police to search the mouths of people on the streets for suspected drugs offences. I have therefore produced this five minute information video explaining in what circumstances police officers can look inside of the mouth of a person. Click HERE for video.
A police officer should never force their hand into the mouth of a person to try to get hold of what they believe may be drugs. This action can cause the person to swallow the item against their wishes and asphyxiate.
Any person swallowing a package should be treat as a medical emergency by the police.
If you have any questions concerning the law and police procedure please do not hesitate to contact me.