Tasha Nicole Hale
X-rays revealed that a Washington County jail inmate had drugs, tobacco and chewing gum stuffed in her "pelvic region," resulting in new charges, Sheriff Ed Graybeal said today.
Tasha Nicole Hale, 26, formerly of Washington College Road, reported to the jail on late Friday to serve 15 days on a previous charge.
Graybeal said investigators had received a tip that Hale was bringing contraband into the jail.
Nothing was found in a search, but X-rays revealed that she had a package inside her pelvic region. Deputies tried to get Hale to remove it, but she refused. She also refused requests from medical personnel to take it out.
On Saturday, the Sheriff's Office obtained a warrant to retrieve the package, but prior to the medical procedure, Hale removed it and handed it over. The package was wrapped in black electrical tape.
Inside, investigators found about one-quarter pound of tobacco, a lighter, rolling papers, various prescription pills including opiate-based medication, cotton soaked in an unknown solution and seven sticks of Wrigley's gum.
The sheriff said the cotton and the gum would be sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's lab for analysis to determine whether they had controlled substances dissolved in them.
Hale was charged with introduction of contraband into a penal institution and possession of schedule II drugs for resale. She remained jailed on $15,000 bond pending arraignment today.
Additional charges were pending the TBI lab results.
Hale was charged Oct. 3 with simple possession/casual exchange and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia.