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Sheriff’s office: Jail inmate faces more charges after hiding meth in her private parts

WILLISTON -- A New England woman who was arrested last week on drug and trespassing charges is facing more trouble after her fellow inmates told officers she'd smuggled methamphetamine into the jail in her vagina and was sharing it with other pri...

WILLISTON  - A New England woman who was arrested last week on drug and trespassing charges is facing more trouble after her fellow inmates told officers she’d smuggled methamphetamine into the jail in her vagina and was sharing it with other prisoners.

Toni Ann Day, 26,  was taken to the hospital on Sunday because inmates at the Williams County Correctional Center in Williston reported that she’d hidden the drug in her private parts. She eventually removed the plastic bag containing meth from her vagina, court records say. It’s not clear how much of it she allegedly brought into the jail, Capt. Verlan Kvande of the Williams County Sheriff’s Office said.

Day was charged with possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility, a Class B felony, and criminal attempt to distribute. The allegations were filed Tuesday in district court.

She allegedly gave meth to a handful of other inmates, although she has denied distributing it in jail, Kvande said. Charges are likely to be filed against  the women who tested positive for the drug after Day was caught with it, he added.

This is the second time in six months that a woman has concealed meth in her vagina and slipped it behind bars after her arrest in Williams County.

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In September, Amanda Battles, 27, was caught with about five grams of the drug, and she’d allegedly shared more of it with two other female inmates.

Despite the repeat occurrences, Kvande said booking procedures at the jail will probably not become more invasive. Concerns over rights and privacy, especially when people are jailed pre-conviction, usually take precedence over practices such as strip searches.

“When you start talking cavity searches and things of that nature, it goes beyond the normal scope (of basic searches),” Kvande said. “It’s a really fine line that our corrections officers have to deal with when they’re booking people in… when people are hiding items in body orifices, that makes it really tough for them.”

Day was arrested Friday after Williston police officers found her and three other people allegedly squatting in a trailer park on University Avenue. A search of Day’s belongings turned up meth and a knife with heroin residue on it, court records say.

She was charged with possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and trespassing, all Class C felonies.

Day is being held at the Williams County Correctional Center and is due in court for a preliminary hearing on April 21.

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