Picayune police say they found more than just stolen merchandise when they stopped a woman accused of shoplifting Sunday at Walmart. Shannon Willis, 32, of Picayune, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and shoplifting.
Jeremy Magri, assistant to the police chief, said officers were called to Walmart after a report of shoplifting. Loss prevention workers told police they attempted to stop the woman, but she managed to get away in a white Jeep Laredo.
Shortly after the incident, Willis was tracked down at a convenience store off Highway 43. Walmart employees described the shoplifter and identified Willis as their suspect.
Officers said they found a Saints shirt and a pair of Saints jogging pants on Willis, worth a total of $34.90. But it's what they found after taking the suspect to jail that really caught the attention of police.
After arriving at the Picayune jail, a female officer conducted a thorough search of Willis, and discovered a small bag of crystal methamphetamine in the suspect's anal cavity.
"That's a hard location to find the drug. If a suspect has it in their buttocks; it's harder to find the drug," Magri said.
Willis' bond was set at $8,000 for the charge of possession of a controlled substance and $1,000 for the charge of shoplifting. Magri said Willis has bonded out.