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Worth a Shot: Missouri Woman Went to Jail with Gun 'Concealed Within a Body Cavity,' Sheriff Says

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Source: Boone County Sheriff's Office

Mar. 11 2024, Published 4:01 p.m. ET

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A Missouri woman got inventive when she concealed a gun and managed to smuggle the small firearm into jail, authorities said. 

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Amy Natasha Wilhite, 42, was taken into custody and an arresting agency conducted a search that did not turn up any weapons.

Once at the Boone County Jail, Wilhite underwent a “thorough pat search” and later a “procedural strip search,” according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.

In all three cases, authorities failed to find contraband, but BCSO believed Wilhite had the “very small revolver concealed within a body cavity” when she was first brought in.

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“At some time after being incarcerated at the Boone County Jail, it is believed Wilhite removed the firearm from her body and concealed it within her personal belongings,” BCSO said.

Over two weeks after her arrest, officers discovered the illegal — and potentially deadly — North American Arms .22 caliber revolver. The tiny gun only measures around 4 inches in length and weighs 4.6 ounces.

In addition to the possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and multiple other charges she already faced, authorities have slapped Wilhite with an additional class B felony weapons charge.

Wilhite pleaded guilty to the charges agains her and a judge stanched her to a total of 10 years behind bars for unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance, KOMO reported.


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