Correctional Deputies Find Meth in Woman’s ‘Body Cavity’

This is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

201603347 SudbeckOn Friday, July 1, 2016, at about 6 a.m. a Humboldt County Correctional Deputy was booking in 55 year old Sheila Karen Sudbeck, AKA Eacret, to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility when a baggie fell out of Sudbeck’s intimate clothing. Sudbeck submitted to a full x-ray body scan, similar to those used in airports, in search of additional contraband. The scan revealed possible contraband in Sudbeck’s body cavity using a SOTER RS Through Body Scanner. Correctional Deputies questioned Sudbeck about the contraband and Sudbeck retrieved the contraband and turned it over to the Correctional Deputy. The Correctional Deputy tested and weighed the contraband. The contraband was positively identified as methamphetamine and weighed a total of 4.6 grams.

Sudbeck was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in jail. She is not eligible for bail. Sudbeck was initially taken to jail for a possession of a controlled substance warrant.

The SOTER RS Through Body Scanner was purchased earlier this year by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office to assist in identifying those persons attempting to smuggle contraband into the facility. Arrestees often swallow balloons of narcotics in an attempt retrieve later which causes a medical threat to the inmate if the balloons break in their body.

For more information on the SOTER scanner, please visit their website

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


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  • zombie apocalypse is upon us .What a wasted life I wonder how many children she has abandoned in her lifetime.

    • Inquiring Minds

      Do you ask that about the men also, how many children they have abandoned? Equal opportunity misery.

      • everytime you fill up your gas tank you are actively destructing the lives of your great-grand kids.
        so easy to point fingers at the most blatent examples of our out of control quest for ‘more’, were it not for addiction our economy would collapse. heres hoping..

  • So nasty!!eeewwww

  • That is were the road of meth abuse leads you to ,jail ,institutions ,not least but ,last, death .that woman looks very hagarded and tired the jail probably saved her life . She is deep in the d/t s poor woman l OKs like she is in her early seventy . She probably has been a doing meth for many many many. Yrs .

  • Interesting device I must wonder how much radiation it delivers,looks like it would be useful in a hospital

  • Airport too!

  • They use them in customs all over the world . And yes G ma airports would be the next thing strip search and that machine before entering the.aircraft .oh one more thing bringing drugs into a correctional facility is a bad bad felony all in itself

  • I heard it was inside of a gaping track mark not anything gross

  • What is this? Its Labrador

    I bet that was the highlight of that guards day. I would have been, “you can keep it!”

  • David:what part of those drugs aren’t nasty,or gross,never mind the fact she was trying to smuggle it into jail?I’m old but did I miss something?and I heard it was in her,who that’s nasty

  • Should we take bets on if the “Correctional Deputy’s” need to also be searched when entering the Jail?

  • Been there done that

    Sheila been doing speed non stop for 30 years. She is a real piece of work turn your back and get ripped off

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