Crime

Autopsy: Inmate Died From Drugs Smuggled In Her Vagina

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Samantha Sanchez died at the age of 25 in the Sheboygan County Detention Center in Wisconsin in October 2015, just days after she turned herself in to the Sheboygan Police for using heroin while on probation. An autopsy recently found Sanchez died to due "polysubstance toxicity,” meaning she had several drugs in her system, the Sheboygan Press reported.

The medical examiner found Sanchez had 77 diphenydramine pills, chewing tobacco, plastic baggies and cotton fuzz in her vagina when she died. Tests found high levels of diphenhydramine, an antihistamine, along with Xanax, in her blood.

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Sanchez struggled with addiction. According to the police report, Sanchez had liver and kidney issues, as well as heart problems -- her arteries were narrowed 40 percent and her left ventricle was thickened, although her family had a history of cardiac problems.

Sanchez refused to take medication for her high blood pressure when she was incarcerated. Months before she was placed behind bars, she gave birth prematurely due to high blood pressure.

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According to her obituary on Legacy.com, Sanchez was a homemaker and mother of three who loved sketching. “Her greatest joy were her children and family,” the obituary reads.

Sheboygan District Attorney Joe DeCecco said no one would be charged with her death. "Unfortunately, inmate Sanchez brought drugs into the detention center in her vagina and, presumably, ingested them in an amount that was the primary cause of her death," DeCecco wrote in the report. 

"While inmates in her pod stated she looked to be 'high,' these statements were not given until after Sanchez's death. No inmate reports or concerns were related to correctional staff until after Sanchez's death."

Sources: Legacy.com, Sheboygan Press / Photo credit: Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department via Sheboygan Press

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