HANCOCK COUNTY -- Sheriff's deputies made some unusual discoveries while booking two people into the county jail over the weekend, finding a variety of drugs and contraband in their body cavities.
Deputies found marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, nearly five dozen prescription pills, a syringe and a wad of cash hidden partially inside a woman's vagina, and a bag of a white rocky substance hidden inside a man's rectum -- which the man then swallowed.
"We've seen stuff like this before," Sheriff Ricky Adam said. "That's the reason for these types of searches. There's always dope hidden in crevices in both males and females."
Adam identified the man with drugs hidden in his rectum as Jamie Jelliest Lewis, 39, of Waveland.
Deputies arrested Lewis during a traffic stop on Friday. Inside his vehicle, they found a shotgun and about three grams of a white substance consistent with meth or cocaine, Adam said.
When corrections officers performed a strip search, a bag containing a white, rocky substance fell out of his rectum, prompting him to quickly jump on the floor, grab it and swallow it. An officer jumped on top of Lewis in an attempt to stop him but was too late, the sheriff said.
After swallowing the substance, the man began convulsing and had to be rushed to Hancock Medical Center where he was treated and released the following morning. The swallowed substance was not recovered.
In a separate discovery, corrections officers found drugs and other contraband hidden inside a woman's vagina.
Adam identified the woman as Ashley Canille Hutchinson, 34, of Poplarville.
Deputies arrested Hutchinson on Saturday. During the jail intake process, corrections officers performed a strip search and found various drugs and an aluminum canister -- containing more drugs and contraband -- hidden partially inside or near her vagina, Narcotics Commander Jeremy Skinner said.
The drugs included weed, cocaine, meth and an assortment of 58 prescription pills. The other contraband included cash and a syringe, officials said.
Hutchinson faces two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, one count of felony possession of a controlled substance, four counts of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of paraphernalia, according to booking records.
She is being held in the Hancock County jail with bonds totaling $44,500. However, the Mississippi Department of Corrections placed a hold on her for an outstanding warrant out of Louisiana, Skinner said.
Lewis faces one count each of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, tampering with physical evidence and a parole violation.
He is being held in the Hancock County jail with bonds totaling $20,000. However, his parole violation charge makes him ineligible for release on bond.