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Drugs found in body cavity

charges filed

November 30, 1999

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. ? A Berkeley County woman allegedly tried to hide a pill bottle containing heroin from police in one of her body cavities after the vehicle in which she was riding was stopped Wednesday because the motor vehicle inspection sticker was the wrong color, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Jeanette Marie Barrett, 30, and Jesse Lee Barrett, 60, both of 905 Needmore Lane, were charged by Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy C.D. Hess with possession of a controlled substance and obstructing an officer, according to the deputy's complaint. A $2,500 bond was set for each person Wednesday by Magistrate Jim Humphrey, according to court records.

Hess said he was given consent to search the Buick Century being driven by Jesse Barrett after the occupants told the officer that no drugs or weapons were in the car.

Police subsequently found powder on the passenger seat and were able to identify it as crack cocaine in a field test, Hess said in his complaint. A search by Sheriff's Deputy Colleen Gibbons of the woman led to the discovery of the pill bottle, Hess said in his complaint.

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"Ms. Barrett denied knowing what the contents of the pill bottle were," Hess noted in his complaint.

Hess said he learned through a records review that the vehicle's orange sticker should have been green and the vehicle's tag belonged to a Mercury Sable, according to the officer's complaint.

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