By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – A Yukon Police arrest has led prosecutors to charge a Texas woman with allegedly carrying illicit drugs into the Canadian County Jail.
The jail’s full-body scanner is again being credited with helping jail staff catch an inmate trying to hide contraband.
Longview, Texas’ Casey Deann Tosh, 30, was charged Sept. 1 in Canadian County District Court with bringing contraband into jail. The felony crime is punishable by 1-5 years in jail and/or a $100-$1,000 fine.
Assistant District Attorney Austin T. Murrey alleges the defendant had methamphetamine at the Canadian County Jail, 304 N Evans.
Yukon Police Department Sgt. R. Wells and officer D. Brandt on Aug. 27 took Tosh from the Yukon City Jail to the Canadian County Jail for booking on drug possession charges, according to a probable cause affidavit signed by Brandt.
While being booked, Tosh was body scanned to determine if she was in possession of contraband inside her body.
After a detention officer observed a container on the monitor, officers informed Tosh she would need to remove the item – or she would have to be taken to the hospital.
Tosh complied and removed a plastic container holding a “white crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine”, according to the affidavit.
Before leaving the Yukon City Jail, Sgt. Wells reportedly advised Tosh that county jail personnel would complete a body scan of her person.
Tosh allegedly told Brandt and Wells she did not have anything hidden “in or on her person.”
The Canadian County Sheriff’s Office in 2022 acquired a Tek 84 body scanning machine to keep inmates from bringing contraband – defined as “any weapon, explosives, drugs, alcohol, or money or financial document” – into the county jail.
The device was installed in the jail’s receiving area.
The body scanner has been in use since last fall, successfully identifying drugs on many inmates.
Yukon Police arrested Tosh at 7:40 p.m. Aug. 26 in the parking lot of Staples (1701 S Garth Brooks Blvd.) on complaints of possession of controlled dangerous substances (methamphetamine and marijuana) and conspiracy to commit a felony.
Officers contacted Tosh and alleged co-conspirator Nathaniel Reed Boyum, 33, in the Lowe’s parking lot before finding the drugs and “several fake $100 bills” in their vehicle, according to the probable cause affidavit.
A preliminary conference for Tosh was Sept. 15 before Canadian County Special Judge David H. Halley.
Zachary Ramsey has been appointed as her indigent defender.