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Waco woman who hid gun in her vagina gets probation in drug case

Ashley Cecilia Castaneda and the gun police say she hid in her vagina. (File)
Ashley Cecilia Castaneda and the gun police say she hid in her vagina. (File)(KWTX)
Published: Jun. 20, 2017 at 6:40 PM CDT
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A Waco woman who police said packed a loaded pistol in her vagina has been sentenced to probation after she pleaded guilty to drug possession.

Ashley Cecilia Castaneda, 33, was sentenced to 10 years on deferred probation for methamphetamine possession.

She was also fined $2,500.

Castaneda and a male companion were arrested on Sept. 7, 2015 after officers pulled over a 1998 Toyota Land Rover at North 15th and Blair Avenue, within 1,000 feet of West Elementary School.

Officers found 2.7 grams of methamphetamine hidden under the driver’s seat of the vehicle and another 29.9 grams of meth in a purse, along with a set of digital scales.

As police were taking the two to jail, Castaneda told an officer she had a handgun concealed inside her vagina, Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said at the time.

“Officers immediately stopped and a female officer searched Castaneda discovering she had in fact placed a loaded Smith and Wesson pistol inside her body cavity. The weapon had a round chambered and a full magazine of bullets,” Swanton said.

Swanton said he did not know if the gun's safety was on when it was recovered.

The gun police recovered is a 6-shot Smith & Wesson Model 61 semi-automatic pistol, which was first sold in 1970 as the .22 Escort.

The handgun has a 5-bullet magazine and was intended for concealed carry.

It weighs about nine-tenths of a pound and is 4.7 inches in length.

Smith & Wesson made the last of the guns in early 1974.

"We don’t see those too much," Swanton said.

Castaneda was charged with manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance in a drug free zone, two counts of possession of a dangerous drug and with unlawfully carrying a weapon.

Castaneda's attorney, Seth Sutton, denied the story as impossible, but Swanton said the police department stood by it, The Associated Press report.