Columbus inmate faces charges for allegedly hiding drugs

Stephanie G. Cecil; photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Dept.

A Columbus woman already in jail for an outstanding warrant is facing additional drug charges after authorities say they found drugs and paraphernalia hidden in a body cavity. Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, says that on Monday, staff at the county jail discovered information that 29-year-old Stephanie G. Cecil, of 1507 Lafayette Street, was in possession of narcotics and a syringe.

Jackson says that Cecil was searched and evidence showed that a bag was hidden in a body cavity. Authorities say that Cecil refused to cooperate with jail staff and denied having contraband. The Sheriff’s Department’s Investigation’s Division assisted jail staff in obtaining a search warrant and Cecil was transported to Columbus Regional Health where authorities say that she agreed to cooperate. The bag, allegedly containing narcotics, a syringe and a lighter, were recovered.

In addition to original charge, Cecil is now facing additional charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Syringe, both Level 6 felonies.

Photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Dept.

Sheriff Matt Myers credited the work of jail staff. “It is critical to keep drugs and drug-related items out of our jail. Had staff not developed information about the hidden drugs, they would have possibly been shared with other inmates,” said Sheriff Myers.