HENDERSON -- She was initially jailed on a drug possession offense.

However, Union County resident Holly Howard, 31, accrued additional charges after jail staff and drug task force members discovered she'd allegedly concealed a tennis ball sized bundle of narcotics in her vaginal area -- for 18 hours.

Howard was arrested around 4 a.m. Oct. 11 for possession of meth, and has now been charged with first-degree promoting contraband, possession of contraband and tampering with physical evidence.

Following her arrest by members of the Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force, Howard was lodged at the Henderson County Detention Center. Task force officers started receiving information that Howard was still in possession of a quantity of meth.

The task force obtained a search warrant for Howard's person, allowing the detention center's medical staff to X-ray Howard. The X-ray allegedly revealed that Howard had a bundle in her vaginal area roughly the size of a tennis ball.

Bill Mills, a PNTF investigator, said there was concern that Howard's life was in danger due to its size and the belief it contained a large amount of meth. "If the bag had busted" she could have overdosed, he said.

While arrangements were being made to transport Howard to Methodist Health for its removal, she allegedly got it out of her. Mills said that was at 10 p.m. -- roughly 18 hours after her arrest.

Jail video surveillance shows Howard easing it out of her body, the detective said, and then attempting to dissolve the suspected meth in a cup of water she'd been given.

Her alleged efforts to destroy all of the suspected drug were unsuccessful, officials said.

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