Woman charged with meth possession at jail
Eagle Rock resident hid meth in body cavity after arrest
An Eagle Rock woman was arrested for an outstanding warrant Saturday and now faces two drug-related charges after allegedly hiding methamphetamine from police and having to be searched at the Barry County jail.
Shannon Systo, 39, of Eagle Rock, is charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance at a jail.
According to a probable cause report filed by T. Coffey, a trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Systo was the passenger in a vehicle stopped on Hwy. 112 in Eagle Rock for displaying the wrong plates.
A check of her license revealed a warrant out of Carroll County, Ark., for which Systo was arrested. After securing her in handcuffs and conducting a search, which revealed nothing noteworthy, Coffey said he was writing the VIN number down from the vehicle and noticed Systo put her hands down the front of her pants, appearing as though she was concealing something.
Coffey transported Systo to the Barry County jail, and during the trip, advised her that if she brought anything into the jail, like drugs or weapons, that would be an additional felony. Upon arrival, Coffey said he asked Systo again if she was hiding anything. Both times, Systo allegedly said she was not in possession of anything illegal.
Once in the jail, Coffey requested a female jailer to search Systo. The jailer allegedly found a clear baggie coming out of a body cavity. The jailer said Systo had something, and Systo removed the bag, which contained a crystal susbance, and turned it over to the jailer.
Systo allegedly told Coffey the substance was methamphetamine, and a detection kit allegedly confirmed it as such.
Systo is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $30,000. She had yet to be arraigned as of Tuesday morning, and no other court date has been determined.