Cocaine stash lands female suspect in ICU
By Jody O'Hara
Nov 7, 2013, 10:32
An attempt to hide a quantity of cocaine from members of the Stone/Wiggins Narcotics Task Force resulted in a medical emergency last Wednesday.
Officers were conducting surveillance when they noticed two suspicious individuals leave the area.
A subsequent traffic stop turned up a small amount of crack cocaine and resulted in the arrest of 23-year-old David Hoffman and 29-year-old Amber Cherrie, both of Wiggins.
"We had received multiple complaints from residents about increased criminal activity on Stevon Moore St." said SWNTF Cpt. Jay Green. "When we increased our presence in the area, we observed a suspected dealer and two others quickly leave the area."
After the stop, Cherrie began to complain she was feeling ill and told officers she had ingested several Klonopin, a prescription drug used to treat panic disorders.
That's when things began getting interesting.
"We called an ambulance and had her transported to the hospital," Green said.
Tests at the hospital indicated Cherrie had cocaine in her system and, interestingly, the level of cocaine kept going up.
An x-ray image revealed Cherrie had secreted two packages of cocaine, ultimately weighing seven grams, inside of herself.
One of them had leaked, allowing her body to absorb the drug.
She was transported to Forrest General Hospital and spent the next three days in the intensive care unit.
The discovery led to both Cherrie and Hoffman receiving a charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
Because a minor child was in the vehicle, the Department of Human Services was called and the two also face charges of felony child abuse.
As of Tuesday morning, Cherrie was still lodged at the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility with a $30,000 bond.
Hoffman was free after having posted a $65,000 bond.
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