Drugs found in cavities of Johnson City woman

Becky Campbell • Jul 11, 2013 at 2:22 PM

A Johnson City woman arrested on a driving charge following a traffic stop this week ended up hospitalized for an overdose of cocaine, Xanax and Lortab, then medical staff found other drugs hidden in two of her body cavities.

Sandra Clark-Pope, 39, 1902 Indian Ridge Road, now faces a charge of introducing contraband into a penal facility.

According to court documents, Clark-Pope was pulled over while driving on North Roan Street July 4 after Officer Gabriel Manis noticed she was not wearing a seat belt. Another motorist had called 911 about a possible intoxicated driver so an officer was already watching for Clark-Pope. When Manis pulled the car over and spoke to Clark-Pope, he did not smell alcohol but noticed the woman was acting nervous.

When he ran a driver’s license check, the officer found that Clark-Pope’s license was revoked so he arrested her.

After Clark-Pope was taken to jail, she told a detention officer that she had swallowed an eight ball, a term used to describe an amount of cocaine, and an unknown amount of Xanax and Lortab.

She was taken to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment of an overdose. While nurses were changing her into a hospital gown, they discovered cellophane wrap protruding from one of her lower body cavities.

The item, which turned out to be several pills wrapped in the plastic, was “retrieved” and medical staff then discovered a pill bottle lodged in another lower body cavity.

Inside the bottle were 41 Clonazepam pills. The plastic wrap contained 14 other pills that were not identified in court documents.

Clark-Pope was arraigned on the new charge Wednesday in Washington County Sessions Court. She has a preliminary hearing set for July 17 and remained jailed on a $5,000 bond.

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