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Woman Uses 'Intimate Area' to Smuggle Gun into Jail

By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. | Last updated on

We've written about women who smuggle drugs in their nether regions, and prisoners who smuggle drugs into prison via children's coloring books, but this one takes the cake.

Aisha McClinton, one of Illinois' newest jailhouse residents, is now serving 120 days for trying to smuggle a gun into a local prison.

As the local press reported it, Ms. McClinton hid it in her "intimate area."

In March 2010, Alisha McClinton visited a male inmate at the Stateville Correctional Center near Joliet, Illinois, reports The Chicago Sun Times.

Prior to entering prison grounds, officers requested that they be allowed to search her car. She refused, but later relented.

One officer found pot underneath her seat, reports the paper. The other? Well, according to the report, he suspected that she had concealed a gun in the "intimate area of her anatomy."

How he noticed that one, we'll never know.

But if you're wondering why Aisha McClinton agreed to the search of her vehicle with knowledge that she was carrying drugs, it probably had something to do with the fact that officers were probably going to search the car anyway.

While ordinarily, law enforcement must respect your right to refuse a suspicion-less vehicle search, some courts have found that, due to the nature of prisons and the ability to smuggle contraband, prison officials may search a visitor's car without a warrant.

They may also search a visitor's person.

These exceptions to the 4th Amendment's search and seizure requirements are considered to be "special needs searches." They, however, must still be reasonable.

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