U.S. Custom and Border Protection agents stop thousands of pounds of narcotics from crossing the border. Smugglers have come up with unique and creative ways to evade detection, including sneaking drugs through air-powered cannons and hidden in food.
After two recent cases of inmates smuggling drugs into Camp Verde Detention Center has prompted the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office to begin using full-body scanners on people when they are booked into jail.
On Saturday, 33-year-old RosylnnReed of Bullhead City tried to smuggle more than 100 grams of methamphetamine into the jail as she was being booked on an out-of-state warrant, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The Sheriff’s Office said a detention officer noticed an object near Reed’s vaginal cavity during a routine booking strip search. Reed initially denied anything was there but then agreed to remove the item containing the methamphetamine, officials said.
Reed was also charged with taking a controlled substance into a correctional facility and is being held without bond, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The Sheriff’s Office said earlier this month detention officers received information about another inmate carrying contraband in her vaginal cavity.
The woman, 27-year-old Samantha Willis of Chino Valley, had been booked into the jail on several drug charges a few days before detention officials received their information, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The Sheriff’s Office said that after officers received the information, they contacted Willis, who denied carrying any contraband. A strip search by a detention officer did not show Willis was carrying contraband, officials said.
Willis remained isolated in the infirmary after she began feeling ill and complained of stomach pains, officials said. She later admitted she had concealed drugs in her vaginal cavity during her initial arrest, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The Sheriff’s Office said Willis tried to remove the contraband herself, under observation, but couldn’t. Medical personnel took Willis to Verde Valley Medical Center, where hospital staff removed nine bags of meth and one bag of marijuana, officials said.
Willis was treated and then additionally charged with several counts of promoting prison contraband and possession of a controlled substance. Willis was in custody with bond set at $10,000.
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