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Woman had loaded gun in her vagina when arrested, police say

WACO, Texas -- A woman arrested during a late-night traffic stop in Waco, Texas allegedly had a loaded handgun hidden in her vagina, reports CBS affiliate KWTX.

Officers arrested Ashley Cecilia Castaneda, 31, and Gabriel Garcia, 30, during a traffic stop Monday night, after allegedly finding 2.7 grams of methamphetamine hidden under the driver's seat of the vehicle and another 29.9 grams of meth in a purse, along with a set of digital scales.

Ashley Castaneda Waco Police Department

Waco Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton told KWTX Tuesday that as police were taking the two suspects to jail, Castaneda told an officer she had a handgun concealed inside her vagina, Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Tuesday.

"Officers immediately stopped and a female officer searched Castaneda discovering she had in fact placed a loaded Smith and Wesson pistol inside her body cavity. The weapon had a round chambered and a full magazine of bullets," Swanton said.

Swanton said he did not know if the gun's safety was on when it was recovered. According to KWTX, the gun police recovered is a 6-shot Smith & Wesson Model 61 semi-automatic pistol, which was first sold in 1970 as the .22 Escort. It has a 5-bullet magazine and was intended for concealed carry, the station reported.

It's a model that was last produced by Smith & Wesson in 1974.

"We don't see those too much," Swanton said.

Castaneda was charged with manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance in a drug free zone, two counts of possession of a dangerous drug and with unlawfully carrying a weapon.

Garcia was charged with possession of methamphetamine in a drug free zone.

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