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Concealed drugs discovered in body cavities of two inmates

Rosylnn Reed, left, and Samantha Willis

Rosylnn Reed, left, and Samantha Willis

Samantha Willis of Chino Valley and Rosylnn Reed of Bullhead, in separate incidents, were found to be concealing drugs in body cavities by Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) personnel, according to a release from the department.

Willis was booked Aug. 1, into the Camp Verde Detention Center on several drug charges by a local Yavapai County police agency, according to the release by YCSO Media Relations Coordinator Dwight D’Evelyn. During the booking process, she was advised that bringing dangerous drugs and other contraband into the jail is a felony class violation as per Arizona State Statute, the release states.

“Following receipt of information regarding Willis, she was contacted in the jail facility and denied (carrying) any contraband. A visual strip search by a detention officer did not reveal contraband either,” the release states. “While Willis remained isolated form general population in the infirmary, she started becoming ill and began complaining of severe stomach pains. Willis was now very pale and shaky and she eventually admitted to concealing drugs in her vaginal cavity concealed during her initial arrest.”

While under observation, Willis attempted to remove the contraband but was unable to, and indicated she had nine bags of methamphetamines and one bag of marijuana inside her, according to the release. Willis was transported to the Verde Valley Medical Center where hospital staff removed the bags.

She was charged with several additional counts of Promoting Prison Contraband and Possession of a Controlled Substance, the release states.

She remains in jail on $10,000 bond.

Reed was booked on an out-of-state warrant by YCSO deputies on Saturday, Sept. 1, and an object was found during a routine booking strip search.

The release states the “detention officer noticed an object protruding from Reed’s vaginal cavity. Reed initially denied anything was present, but eventually agreed to remove the item containing (more than) 100 grams of methamphetamine.”

Reed was charged with an additional count of Taking a Controlled Substance into a Correctional Facility, according to the release. She is being held without bond.

In order to address concerns of concealing drugs in body cavities, which has occurred more frequently in recent months, the Camp Verde Detention Center will install a full body scanner in the booking area.

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