A Missouri woman arrested on charges of drug possession reportedly had a fully loaded handgun stashed inside her vagina.
Amika Witt, 20, was stopped for speeding on an Illinois highway, according to The Bloomington Paragraph. She was arrested after police say they found ecstasy inside her vehicle and heroin hidden in her bra.
Witt was taken to the McLean County Jail where she was strip-searched by a female officer, who says she found a 13-ounce .380 caliber handgun stashed inside the prisoner's vagina.
Assistant State's Attorney Layne Roberts said the gun had a fully loaded magazine and that there was "a bullet in the chamber ready to fire."
Complete body searches are performed on all suspects arrested on drug charges, as it is common for drug dealers to be armed.
"When you find drugs, you look for guns," said McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage.
Witt told officers she was heading to St. Louis with the drugs. She has been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and with armed violence by possessing a weapon during the alleged commission of a felony.
Her passenger, 29-year-old Clinton McDonald, was charged with unlawful possession of heroin with intent to deliver the drug, and unlawful possession of ecstasy.
Witt and McDonald were both jailed with bail for each set at $40,035 and $20,035, respectively.
In June, a Texas woman who was reportedly found hiding a loaded gun inside her vagina was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to drug charges, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald.
Ashley Cecilia Castaneda, 33, was arrested in 2015 for methamphetamine possession. On the way to McLennan County Jail, she allegedly told officers that she was hiding a loaded weapon inside her vagina.
Police then conducted a cavity search and reportedly found the gun.
Castaneda was fined $2,500 and sentenced to 10 years deferred probation. Her attorney, Seth Sutton, maintains no gun was found in her vagina and that it was a fabricated narrative concocted by police.
"The publication of that narrative many times over has caused Ms. Castaneda a great deal of emotional pain and is yet another example of how the internet can destroy lives," he said. "The reason it spread so fast in the first place is because it doesn't seem possible. Well, guess what? It’s not possible."
Waco Police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton maintains that the story is real and was insulted that Sutton would question his department. The officer who allegedly found the gun was Swanton's daugther, Sabrena Swanton.
"Mr. Sutton is sadly mistaken or has his head buried in the sand if he thinks criminals don’t go to extraordinary length to hide drugs or guns," said Swanton.