Giga-biter: NYC Man Swallows Flash Drive After Being Arrested by FBI

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flash-driveIn a bold and bizarre attempt to destroy evidence seized during a federal raid, a New York City man grabbed a flash drive and swallowed the data storage device while in the custody of Secret Service agents, records show. Florin Necula ingested the Kingston flash drive shortly after his January 21 arrest outside a bank in Queens, according to U.S. District Court filings.

Necula and several codefendants had been transported to a Secret Service office in Brooklyn, where they were to be questioned and processed. While there, and in the view of investigators, Necula “grabbed Subject Flash Drive 2, which had been on his person at the time of his arrest, and swallowed,” Agent Joseph Borger noted in the below February 25 search warrant affidavit.

When Necula was unable to pass the item after about four days, doctors–concerned that the drive was not compatible with the suspect’s GI tract–concluded he “would be injured if they allowed the flash drive to remain inside of him,” reported Borger. Necula eventually agreed to allow doctors at New York Downtown Hospital to remove the item, according to a source familiar with the incident. A Kingston executive said it was unclear if stomach acid could damage a flash drive.

“As you might imagine, we have no actual experience with someone swallowing a USB,” Mike Sager wrote in an e-mail to TSG. In return for swallowing the storage device, Necula was charged with obstruction of justice, one of four felonies detailed in an indictment returned in late-January.

Prosecutors allege that Necula and three other men placed card readers over ATM slots to “skim” magnetic strip information off cards inserted in those machines. After Necula and his codefendants were busted, agents recovered laptops, cameras, flash drives, and cell phones from the men (and at a Long Island City apartment). Necula is currently being held without bail at a Queens jail.

{Smoking Gun/Noam Newscenter}


  1. we can learn a sad lesson from this. The guy was so miserable in his life that he would rather damage himself as opposed to other options.
    This is why its so important to run a loving, nurturing caring home with parents who are trying to do their best.

  2. It reminds me of a fantastic lesson I read in a Holocause book “Alone in the Forest” about a 12 year old girl who swallowed the list of her friends in hiding, after she had tried to dispose of it in a toilet, but learnt that there was no water to flush it! Such mesiras nefesh for ahavas yisroel, she removed the soiled paper, and swallowed it!!!

  3. On the famous hijacked plane that Rav Hutner was on, there was a child with dual American/Israeli citizenship. The child had both passports with him. Re Yankel Drillman which was on the plane, ate the Israeli passport! (There was fear that Israeli citizens were worse off than others)


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