A WOMAN who was caught with a bag of cannabis hidden inside her vagina told cops it was a tampon.
Koura Freely, 39, was being strip-searched by officers after she was arrested on suspicion of assault last month.
She was caught out after an officer spotted a black bag "protruding from the defendant's vagina".
Freely, of Malvern, Worcestershire, initially claimed it was a tampon but further examination revealed it contained one gram of cannabis – worth around £5.
No charges were brought against her for the alleged assault – but she was arrested for the cannabis.
Appearing Worcester Magistrates' Court on Thursday, Freely admitted possession of a Class B drug.
She was fined £50 and ordered to pay £50 court costs and a £34 victim surcharge.
'INITIALLY LIED TO OFFICERS'
Ralph Robyns-Landricombe, prosecuting, said a strip search of Freely was authorised by a custody sergeant after she was arrested on suspicion of assault on February 15.
"While searching the defendant's bottom half it could be seen that something similar to a black bag was protruding from the defendant's vagina," he told the court.
"She initially lied to officers, claiming it was a tampon."
Freely has a string of previous convictions including theft and assault.
Paul Stanley, defending, said: "She had been arrested on suspicion of assault.
"That's why she found herself at the police station. The allegation went nowhere.
"She was quite quickly deemed to be the victim in that case.
"She was subsequently released without charge.
"She panicked and concealed the cannabis which she had paid £5 for her personal use only.
"The only reason she was found with the small amount of cannabis was because she was arrested for an offence she did not commit."
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