2 Arrested On Drug-Related Charges

Chelsie M. HedgePaige W. Waterman
Staff Writer

Two Mercer County woman were arrested Monday night on drug-related charges.
According to a news release from the Mercer County Sheriff's Office, a deputy received information that two females were on their way to Dayton to purchase drugs and would then be returning to Mercer County. The caller described the females by name and also described what they would be driving. The caller also advised the females would hide the drugs inside their body cavities if they suspected they would get pulled over.
At 10:12 p.m. Monday, deputies initiated a stop on the suspect vehicle on Coldwater Creek Road east of St Anthony Road, for a traffic infraction. A canine was requested to the stop and Celina Police Department K9 Peng alerted to the vehicle, but no drugs or drug paraphernalia were found inside the vehicle.
Based on the tip information and information gathered at the traffic stop, deputies applied for and were granted body cavity search warrants.  Before the search warrants were secured, the female driver and female passenger each removed a syringe from their body cavities.
The body cavity search warrant was executed at Mercer Health and nothing else was found. Both females were incarcerated at the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility on initial charges of possession of drug abuse instruments, a a second-degree misdemeanor. Both females are being held on $100,000 bond with a 10 percent cash provision. Deputies were assisted by members of the Grand Lake Drug Task Force, Celina Police Department, and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. The case will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor for review of additional charges.
Arrested were:
• Paige W. Waterman, 29, of 5019 Frahm Pike, Celina.
• Chelsie M. Hedge, 21, of 8038 U.S. 33, Celina.
Grey said body cavity search warrants are rare. However, due to the health and safety risks of those involved, these type of warrants will become more common, and necessary. 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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