In total they found 163.4 grams of drugs with a street value of $16,000, the police report said.Police say they believe a bag broke open inside. Rodriguez returned from a visit to the Dominican Republic. His niece told staff at the hospital that he disappeared for one of the two weeks while on the trip with his wife and children. The man pleaded not guilty at his arraignment at the hospital Thursday despite the evidence. He was lucky to survive. The Essex District Attorney’s Office said Rodriguez was held on $500,000 bail at his hospital bed arraignment. Authorities later obtained a search warrant to seize the heroin.