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Woman accused of smuggling drug-soaked paper into Cook County Jail in baby diapers

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A woman is facing felony charges after trying to smuggle illegal drugs into the Cook County Jail in a 9-month-old baby diaper.

On Monday, Jan. 8, Cook County Sheriff’s detectives were monitoring security camera footage of visits into Division 10 of the jail when they spotted Reality McDowell, of the Chicago Lawn area, handing the baby over to someone in custody, according to reports the sheriff’s office.

Investigators saw the inmate remove a piece of paper hidden in the baby’s diaper, the sheriff’s office said. Investigators searched the inmate and took the paper, but it was found to be soaked in liquid, the sheriff’s office said.

Lab tests showed that it was phencyclidine or PCP, also known as angel dust, on the paper. PCP is classified as a hallucinogen – and is known for causing a feeling of euphoria, superhuman strength and fearlessness.

On Thursday this week, McDowell was arrested at her home and charged with introduction of a controlled substance into a penal institution – a Class 1 felony, and possession of a controlled substance – a Class 4 felony, the sheriff’s office said. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services was also called in to investigate.

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McDowell made her first court appearance Friday, where she was released pending trial, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office emphasized that drug-infused paper poses a serious threat to people in jails and prisons across the country. McDowell is one of 36 people booked into the jail on drug-related charges since last year — part of the sheriff’s office’s effort to prevent drug-related overdoses.

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