Frederick County sheriff’s deputies said a new body scanner at the adult detention center helped reveal a baggie of heroin a woman tried to hide in her vagina.

Brittany Ann Sapp, 23, was arrested at 1:40 p.m. Saturday when a K-9 helped deputies find a baggie with suspected heroin residue in her vehicle during a traffic stop off I-70 near Linganore Road, said Deputy First Class Amanda Hatcher, a sheriff’s office spokeswoman.

Deputies took Sapp to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center after her arrest, where she was asked to step through the jail’s new body scanner.

The scanner, manufactured by the ODSecurity company, cost approximately $118,750, according to previous reports published by The Frederick News-Post. The scanner was installed weeks ago, but it wasn’t used to search inmates until the day before Sapp’s arrest, Hatcher said.

“They did a couple of trial scans on Thursday, and they just started using it Friday,” Hatcher said.

The scanner revealed a baggie of 1.7 grams of heroin that Sapp had hidden in her vagina sometime before her arrest, according to a sheriff’s office press release. Sapp later told deputies that she typically used this method to transport heroin from Baltimore to her home in Hagerstown, Hatcher said.

“So I don’t know that she did it so much because she was pulled over, she told deputies that she transported it that way,” Hatcher said.

Sapp was eventually taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital after deputies and corrections officers noticed her becoming increasingly lethargic, even beginning to nod off, causing them to fear the baggie had ruptured, Hatcher said. Sapp was treated at the hospital and released back into custody.

The sheriff’s office bought the ODSecurity scanner specifically to address the problem of inmates smuggling contraband into the detention center, Hatcher said.

“They didn’t have anything in place before,” Hatcher said. “They used strip searches, basically, if they believed an inmate had something on them, but that’s not always effective. So from time to time contraband did make its way into jail.”

At least two incidents of illegal contraband were attributed to a single inmate, Michael Angelo Jones, who managed to sneak an SD card in his prison jumpsuit out of prison and into county circuit court during his trial for assault and attempted murder. Correctional officers also found a razor blade in a pair of Jones’ boxer shorts while he was awaiting sentencing.

The new scanner sparked controversy when an article published by The Frederick News-Post revealed that the purchase was made as part of a no-bid process, even though a competitive agency later stepped forward to offer a scanner for $9,000 cheaper than what the sheriff’s office paid ODSecurity.

ODSecurity flew two sheriff’s office employees to a detention center in New Mexico last year to view its scanner, a trip that Sheriff Chuck Jenkins told The Frederick News-Post was approved by the county’s procurement office. Jenkins said the trip was approved because, at the time, the county was unaware of any competitive agencies offering a similar scanner.

Sapp, of the 800 block of Washington Street in Hagerstown, was charged with possession of heroin and possession of contraband in a place of confinement, according to an online search of court records.

She was released Saturday after posting $25,000 bail, according to an online search of court records. Sapp was next slated to appear in court for a preliminary hearing June 30, the records state.

Follow Jeremy Arias on Twitter: @Jarias_Prime.

Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

(29) comments

dcg326

Drug users know the final result is death,why save them for later drug use??Hiding drugs in body cavaties not new.

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HappyMedium

But they won't stay off the street for long hopefully.

The goal of animal control is to adopt the incarcerated back to suitable families in the community as soon as possible.

threecents

Was mine the only bad pun that got deleted?

mccourtneyg

I might be in the minority but I wish they would use money spend on this and putting users in the system on recovery and counseling. What’s the point of putting more people in the system costing millions to tax payers? The war on drugs is a failure. Its time for a change, its time to treat people and keep them out of an already overburdened system.

b1sellers

I agree mccourtneyg

eastmoonrabbit

[thumbup]

HappyMedium

Plus the awards for civil settlements because of 4A violations would also be better invested in treatment.

KellyAlzan

Wonder who had the pleasure of gawking up there?

MCEDDE21

Arresting drug users is not helping. They need treatment--normally out-patient treatment. Putting them in jail only makes things worse as the inmate loses his job, his home, his family and remains addicted. The only segments of society that benefit from all this are the policing and prison industries--the body scanner salesmen and the Chuck Jenkinses of the world

mccourtneyg

agreed

b1sellers

Yep

eastmoonrabbit

[thumbup]

Doritos

Where did it say she swallowed it
She was carrying in her v

FrederickVeteran

I'thought she had swallowed the drugs to get them lodged in her V what do I know I'm a consevative male. [sad]

FrederickVeteran

If they thought the baggie had ruptured after she swallowed then why scan her V instead of her stomach and intestines? [wink]

jwhamann

The V word!!! [scared]

gdunn

Excellent work FCSO!

HappyMedium

Not good work if it leads to civil suits for 4A violations.

We still don't know what ROXANA ORELLANA SANTOS v. FREDERICK COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS et al. is going to cost.

HappyMedium

A jail can not use TSA as justification to use body scanners.

People can choose not to fly and avoid the body scanner.

People know when they go to the airport they are going to be scanned so they should write the fourth amendment on their chest before they go to the airport.

“Frankly, the nation would be better served if all government officials were required to undertake a training course on what it means to respect the constitutional rights of the citizenry,” said John W. Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute.

HappyMedium

If probable cause existed to do a body cavity search on this accused because of the possession of controlled substances

was arrested at 1:40 p.m. Saturday when a K-9 helped deputies find a baggie with suspected heroin residue in her vehicle during a traffic stop

doesn't mean probable cause exists to do a body cavity search on all accused even if it only requires stepping through a machine. Perhaps you should check a little more into the 4A issues.

See also People v. Hall, 886 N.E.2d 162, 166 (N.Y. 2008) (reasonable suspicion justifying visual body cavity search of arrestee may be found by consideration of “‘the crime charged, the particular characteristics of the arrestee, and/or the circumstances of the arrest’”) (quoting Weber v. Dell, 804 F.2d 796, 802 (2d Cir. 1986)), cert. denied, 129 S. Ct. 159 (2008).

HappyMedium

So the "normal" body cavity search was conducted after using this new machine that cost thousands of dollars to purchase.

gdunn

Jesus Christ, you whine about everything.

HappyMedium

Now I'll whine about you taking the name of our savior in vain.

But you expected that I'm sure.

threecents

Don't respond to him. It only encourages him to write more.

MCEDDE21

gdunn: you have no problem with American citizens being body cavity searched on the streets? Really?

mccourtneyg

I don't believe pointing out violations of our constitutional rights is whinning.

KellyAlzan

Ok, but this isn't the only scanner that has this capability. This does not excuse jenkins for crooked purchasing.

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