Cops: Inmate Had Pills Hidden In Her Hairpiece

Narcotics found when suspect turned self in

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AUGUST 2--Meet Arayia Hudson.

Aware that she was wanted on a probation violation charge, the 31-year-old Floridian Wednesday night turned herself in at the Pasco County jail in Land O’ Lakes, a Tampa suburb.

Hudson, who was convicted last year of grand theft, arrived at the lockup “wearing a hair piece,” according to a complaint affidavit.

As with any incoming inmate, Hudson was subjected to a search, which included an examination of her hair, both real and synthetic. It was during that review that “contraband was located in the skull cap lining of the hair piece,” investigators reported.

Specifically, Hudson had 94 pills atop her head--35 capsules of Gabapentin (which is often crushed and snorted by drug abusers) and 59 pills of Tramadol, a painkiller.

The criminal complaint does not indicate whether Hudson forgot about the pills in her hairpiece or intended to smuggle them into the jail.

Either way, Hudson was charged with felony narcotics possession and introducing contraband into a detention facility. She is being held in lieu of $7150 bond.

As seen above, Hudson was minus her hairpiece when she posed for a new mug shot. (2 pages)