Woman conceals heroin in body cavity

By Ryan Ottney

September 17, 2013

Ryan Scott Ottney

PDT Staff Writer

LUCASVILLE — A Dayton woman was arrested in Lucasville Monday evening and transported to a nearby hospital where physicians removed 32 grams of heroin from a body cavity.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, troopers stopped a 2013 Nissan Altima for a moving violation on U.S. 23 in Lucasville at about 7:39 p.m. Monday. Criminal indicators were reportedly present, and after questioning the driver — identified as Tya Gurley, age 29, of Dayton — she advised she was concealing contraband on her person. At the Portsmouth Post of the OSHP in Lucasville, Gurley voluntarily forfeited three small baggies of suspected heroin.

Due to health concerns, she was transported by emergency personnel to Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth, where emergency room physicians removed about 32 more grams of suspected heroin that she had concealed in a body cavity. The contraband has a combined street value of about $4,800.

Gurley was charged with possession of heroin, a second-degree felony, and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony. She was incarcerated at the Scioto county Jail.

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