UPDATE: Inmate Charged With Smuggling Drugs into Jail
Female inmate hides prescription pills in sensitive spot
By Lisa Pett
One inmate at the Portage Co. Jail faces charges after smuggling drugs inside her body.
Dawn Darst, 37, claimed responsibility for smuggling prescription drugs inside her vaginal cavity during a video appearance from the Portage County Jail on Monday. Darst faces charges of delivering a controlled substance into the jail after she allegedly shared the pills with another inmate.
Darst told Judge Thomas Egan she doesn’t remember anything after taking the pills.
Darst, along with fellow inmate Maria Niemcyzk, 26, was transported to Ministry St. Michael’s hospital from the jail by Portage Co. EMS after an apparent overdose from the pills. According to court documents, subsequent investigation and review of jail video revealed Darst removing something from her person, sharing it with Niemecyzk and then drinking some kind of liquid.
Jail personnel found a number of prescription Ambien and and a non-prescription antihistamines in Darst’s cell. It was not immediately known where Darst obtained the pills.
“All corrections facilities have to deal with contraband issues,” said Deputy Sheriff Dan Kontos. “Our jail isn’t immune. The [Portage County Jail] does not have a modern design to help alleviate some of these issues.”
Niemcyzk was charged with possession of a controlled substance and issued a $200 cash bond. She remains in the Portage County Jail on theft charges from a Wood County case.
Darst, who was already behind bars for unrelated charges, was issued a $1000 cash bond for delivery of a non-narcotic controlled substance into the jail.
Both women are scheduled to appear in Portage County Court on Feb. 9.