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A body scanner determines that Rashel Ann Sutliff hid heroin and meth inside her body

A Newberg woman wanted for a number of crimes drew the ire of law enforcement officers last week when she allegedly smuggled drugs into the county jail. The manner in which she attempted to pass the drugs onto her fellow inmates beggars belief. Sutliff

According to a press release from the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, jail commander Capt. Richard Geist received information that heroin had been used in the jail on June 21.

"After conducting an investigation he had reason to believe the inmate who had provided the heroin was housed in the female general population block," the release said.

The investigation revealed the identity of the inmate as Newberg resident Rashel Ann Sutliff, 32, who had been in custody since June 20 after being arrested on a probation sanction and outstanding warrants.

Sutliff was transported to the Washington County jail, where a body scanner discovered foreign substances inside the woman's lower abdomen. It was suspected that Sutliff either "swallowed or secreted" the foreign objects now lodged in her body, the release said. She was immediately transported to the Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville, where medical staff removed the objects.

The objects removed were a 12-gram plastic bag that contained a substance believed to be meth; the second package was approximately two grams of suspected heroin.

Sutliff faces additional charges of unlawful possession of heroin and meth, unlawful delivery of heroin and supplying contraband. She is not eligible for bail due to the prior warrants and the probation sanction.

The incident highlighted the capabilities of body scanners in police investigations. The scanner used in the Sutliff case is similar to one recently purchased by the YCSO.

"This case is a perfect example of why I felt it was a priority to obtain a scanner for our facility," Sheriff Tim Svenson said. "With the rise in heroin use and it's extremely addictive qualities, inmates are becoming more and more willing to risk introducing these drugs into correctional facilities. This scanner will allow us to increase safety for inmates and staff and provide an extremely valuable investigative tool.

"Smuggling drugs into our facility will not be tolerated and those attempting to do so will face criminal prosecution."

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