The routine search of a Kentucky arrestee turned prickly Monday when a jail employee detected something hidden in an unexpected place.
Jessica Webster, 29, was initially arrested for burglarizing a Louisville home but is now facing further charges after corrections officers discovered she was hiding hypodermic needles inside her vagina, reports The Smoking Gun. Though her smuggling technique may seem surprising, it's not an unheard-of strategy for a female criminal.
A report filed by a Louisville Metro Department of Corrections officer notes that, before her pat-down, Webster was asked if she had any contraband and said no. After the needles were discovered, Webster said she needed them because she was a heroin addict.
"The needles appeared empty but may have drug residue," the report adds.
Webster's strategy is not as novel as it sounds. On multiple occasions police have reported discovering women attempting to use their anatomy as a portable "Hide-A-Key," with generally unsuccessful results.
In March, a Frankfort, Ill., woman pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving told custody officers she was hiding four syringes, a large spoon and a clear plastic bag in her vagina, according to Frankfort Patch.
In October, drug-sniffing dogs discovered the 17 grams of meth and a clear pipe Nicole Lynn Denzer, 23, of Circle Pines, Minn., had hidden away in her body cavity, according to the New York Daily News.
Webster has a long way to go, however, before she reaches the amazing precedent set in October by Philadelphia, Pa., woman Ashley Bellamy. Police observed Bellamy "walking funny," searched her and found 36 vials of crack in her vagina.