A New York woman was arraigned in a Maine court on Monday after allegedly attempting to smuggle 645 oxycodone pills into the state inside of her body cavities.
Ebony Howard, 28, and William Waters, 31, were arrested early Saturday morning after police in Waterville, Maine received an anonymous tip that the two were smuggling drugs into the state. Police told The Morning Sentinel that the tipster included a description of the vehicle the pair were driving, and officers were dispatched to keep a lookout for it.
Both suspects were arrested around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, the Sentinel noted. It was not immediately clear what probable cause officers had to search the vehicle.
A body cavity search of Howard found 645 pills "packed into her body cavities," police reportedly said. Williams was also caught in possession of a small amount of marijuana and an as-yet unidentified substance that police believe is ecstasy.
Oxycodone, an opium-based pain medication, is a Schedule II controlled substance and known to be addictive. It comes in many different forms and dosages ranging from 5 mg all the way up to 80 mg in extended-release tablets. Had the packaging Howard allegedly used become perforated at any point, it could have resulted in a massive overdose that would have made her delirious and sent her into respiratory depression, a potentially lethal condition triggered by abusing drugs that calm the nervous system.
Police reportedly said the pills Howard is accused of smuggling are worth approximately $20,000. Both face felony charges for trafficking controlled substances across state lines, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.