2 women arrested after cavity search

CELINA, Ohio (WDTN) – Two women were arrested after drug paraphernalia was found inside their bodies.

Paige W. Waterman (Photo: Mercer County Sheriff's Office)
Paige W. Waterman (Photo: Mercer County Sheriff’s Office)

Sheriff Jeff Grey said Tuesday the two women were arrested Monday after a tip led to police stopping a vehicle.  Information given to police said the two women has been in Dayton and were on their way back to Mercer County. The tip included information that the women were likely to hide drugs in their body cavities if they believed they would be pulled over.

Armed with descriptions of the women and the car they were in, deputies stopped the car Monday night after 10:00 for a traffic violation. A police drug dog was called to the scene and even thought the dog alerted to finding drugs, none were found in the vehicle.

Chelsie M. Hedge (Photo: Mercer County Sheriff's Office)
Chelsie M. Hedge (Photo: Mercer County Sheriff’s Office)

Based on the tip information and information gathered at the traffic stop, Mercer County deputies applied for and were granted body cavity search warrants.  Prior to the getting the search warrants approved, both the female driver and female passenger each removed a syringe from their vaginal cavity area.  The body cavity search warrant was done at Mercer Health, and nothing else was found.

Paige W. Waterman, 29 and Chelsie M. Hedge, 21 both from Celina, were taken to the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility on initial charges of possession of drug abuse instruments, a misdemeanor of the second degree.

Waterman and Hedge are being held on $100,000.00 bond.

The case will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor for review of additional charges.

Sheriff Grey said body cavity search warrants are rare but because of the health and safety risks of those involved, these type of warrants will become more common, and necessary.  Grey says this is yet another obstacle law enforcement has to deal with not only on the street, but also inside the Adult Detention Facility with drugs, and drug paraphernalia being concealed and transported inside body cavities.

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