A Kingsport, Tennessee woman has been sentenced under a plea agreement today on charges of smuggling contraband into a penal facility, in addition to several other counts stemming from an incident that took place in April of 2013. Â The woman, Dallas Archer, 21, was arrested for driving on a suspended license, but that was just the start of her problems with the law.
During the book-in process, a female jailer was performing a standard search of the suspect and â€œlocated an unknown item in her crotch,â€Â according to a Kingsport Police Department report. Archer was then taken to a bathroom accompanied by the jailer and a female officer, where they discovered that a loaded handgun was concealed in her vagina. Once the pistol was recovered, officers determined that it was a .22 caliber North AmericanÂ ArmsÂ mini-revolverÂ (which holds five rounds).
Thanks to a job well done by the officers, what could have become a major problem for officials, was stopped and only became a problem for Ms. Archer. In addition to the charges of driving on a suspended license, she was charged with, Introducing contraband into a penal facility, a felony for which she will serve a three-year prison term, according to a plea agreement, vandalism and failure to appear. Other pending charges of illegal possession of a hand gun and possession of stolen property were dismissed by a Grand Jury. Under the terms of her plea agreement, all jail time will be served consecutively. In addition, Archer will have to pay about $1000 in fines.
After the weapon was recovered, a routine police check determined that the four-inch gunÂ had been stolen from an automobile owned by a local man, John Souther.
The pistol, which is valued at $250, was taken from Southerâ€™s car while the vehicle was parked next to his home. Police officers have not yet returned the weapon to its71-year old owner pending todayâ€™s disposition of the case.
When the story of where and how his weapon was recovered was relayed to Mr. Souther, following Archerâ€™s arrest, he replied, â€œOh, gosh.â€ Then he added that while he wanted â€œthe little fellowâ€ returned, the revolver would need â€œa bath in bleach.â€
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