Inmate Amy Natasha Wilhite, who was initially taken into custody at the Boone County Jail on February 14 on drugs charges, is facing an additional felony weapons charge after prison officers found a small gun in her cell — which she allegedly tried to conceal in one of her "body cavities."
According to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, officers found the pint-sized weapon in her jail cell on Wednesday, March 3. The gun has since been identified as a North American Arms .22 caliber revolver.
An investigation determined that the inmate hid the 4.6 ounce weapon in a body cavity when she was booked into jail last month, and later removed the gun in the privacy of her own cell.
Wilhite, 39, went through a "thorough" pat search and a strip search at the jail when she was first taken in, but prison officers did not find the firearm in her possession.
After prison guards found the revolver in a stash of her personal belongings, she was slapped with an additional charge of delivery or possession of a weapon at a county/private jail/corrections center — a class B felon.
Wilhite was originally arrested on charges of controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, failure to appear and a probation violation for an original charge of DWI. She remains behind bars on bond.
Wilhite is not the first inmate to smuggle a weapon in a body cavity. In 2017, a female prisoner at Santa Clara County Jail in California smuggled in a 22-caliber pistol into her holding cell. Prison officials later found the pistol wrapped in toilet paper on the bathroom floor.
And in 2012, a male inmate in North Carolina smuggled a 10 inch long .38 revolver in his rectum.
The man was even reportedly told to "squat and cough" to make sure he wasn't hiding anything in a body cavity. The prison guards discovered the revolver one day later in his cell. The man received medical treatment for any possible injuries sustained from when he concealed the weapon in his rectum.