TSA Search Results in Heroin Find
A 22-year-old Gillette man was arrested Tuesday, Feb. 19, after a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer discovered heroin in one of the man’s pockets during a pat down search.
TSA Supervisor Tina Hodge said that when the man walked through the body scanner in preparation to board a flight, an anomaly was detected. During the pat down search that followed, a small plastic baggie containing a powdery substance was found in a zippered pocket on the would-be passenger’s left shoulder.
When questioned, the male originally said the substance was sugar.
The TSA contacted the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office to investigate. Hodges said TSA officers don’t look for drugs. However, when they do come across illegal substances, which is rare, they notify law enforcement.
The body scanners used at the Gillette Campbell County Airport are a type of millimeter wave scanner. The whole-body imaging device is used to detect objects concealed under a person’s clothing, usually using a form of electromagnetic radiation.
The scanner pinpoints the area of the body where the anomaly is detected, which in this case was the left shoulder. That is the reason passengers are required to empty their pockets while walking through the scanner.
According to Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds, the male was arrested for possession of heroin with a total weight under 3 grams.