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A man was arrested on multiple drug charges in Washington Parish after turning himself in to serve a sentence for a previous, unrelated charge.
Steven Elmer Seals, 30, was booked into the Washington Parish Jail for the 25th time after attempting to smuggle drugs into prison where he was to begin serving a seven-year sentence.
Police say when Seals entered the lobby of the jail, a corrections deputy observed him on a recorded video surveillance camera concealing contraband inside other items he was bringing with him.
Once Seals entered the jail, corrections deputies conducted a search of the property he brought with him as well as an unclothed body search and a search of the temporary housing unit in which he was placed.
Police say the searches revealed numerous items that Seals was attempting to smuggle into the jail.
Items recovered from Seals included a metal letter opener, a metal nail file, heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, a hypodermic needle, sewing needles and matches.
According to police, the heroin was wrapped in latex and concealed inside a body cavity.
Police say the package of heroin was observed partially protruding from the body cavity during the unclothed search.
When informed that he would be transported to Riverside Medical Center to have the package medically removed, police said Seals then voluntarily removed the package of heroin himself.
Seals was booked into the jail on new charges of possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, destruction of jail property, multiple counts of introduction of contraband and multiple counts of possession of contraband. In total, Seals is charged with sixteen new felony counts.
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