WACO, Texas (KWTX) - A woman who was arrested along with a man after a late-night traffic stop in a North Waco neighborhood had a fully-loaded handgun in her vagina, police said.
Officers arrested Gabriel Garcia, 30, and Ashley Cecilia Castaneda, 31, after they pulled over a 1998 Toyota Land Rover shortly before 11 p.m. Monday 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 Tuesday.
“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.
She remained in the McLennan County Jail Tuesday afternoon in lieu of bonds totaling $31,000.
Garcia was charged with possession of methamphetamine in a drug free zone.
His name did not appear on the jail’s online log Tuesday afternoon.