Boardman police: Inmate hid toothbrush in body cavity

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Staff at the Mahoning County Jail said they found her sharpening a toothbrush and throwing food in her cell

Kahna Matthews, charged with OVI, improper handling of firearm, Illegal use and possession of drug paraphernalia in Youngstown, Ohio.

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Police say a woman snuck a toothbrush into the Mahoning County Jail.

An officer helping with an OVI checkpoint Saturday night said he saw a driver speeding near Shady Run Road and Midlothian Boulevard just before midnight.

He said the driver almost hit a curb and the officer slammed on his brakes to avoid a crash.

Police pulled over 18-year-old Kahna Matthews, who they said had red eyes, smelled like alcohol and seemed nervous. Police said she admitted to having “one shot of liquor.”

Her car smelled like marijuana and the passenger, 18-year-old Keith Foster, had some in his pocket, according to police.

Officers said they also found a digital scale with marijuana residue and a loaded gun in the car.

Both Matthews and Foster said the gun wasn’t theirs, but they knew it was in the car, according to a police report.

Foster was charged with improper handling of a firearm and possession of drugs.

Matthews was arrested and charged with DUI, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and drug paraphernalia. She was taken to the police department and searched.

An officer suspected Matthews hid an object inside of a body cavity, which Matthews said was a tampon.

Deputies took her through the X-ray scanner at the Mahoning County Jail but they didn’t see anything, according to the police report.

Authorities said while in her jail cell, Matthews was sharpening a toothbrush and throwing food.

Staff said she wouldn’t have gotten the toothbrush from the jail. They determined she brought it in by hiding it in her body cavity, according to the report.

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