Couple tries to smuggle drugs into Huron County jail

NORWALK The Norwalk couple accused of robbing Kaiser Wells Pharmacy last week used their bodies to s
Cory Frolik
May 24, 2010

 

NORWALK

The Norwalk couple accused of robbing Kaiser Wells Pharmacy last week used their bodies to smuggle some of the drugs they stole into the Huron County jail, police said.

Authorities found pills of OxyContin, a synthetic opiate, shoved inside the genitals of Megan R. Lillo, 21, and the rectum of Kurtis J. DeWitt, 23.

Investigators had wondered where many of the 499 stolen pills went -- speculating at one point that the couple might have flushed some of them.

Authorities surrounded DeWitt's home in Norwalk on Thursday and eventually raided the residence, but not before DeWitt and Lillo evidently tucked some of the drugs into their body cavities.

DeWitt had a crude system for hiding and retrieving the pills, jail administrator Dave Battles said.

He fashioned a device from a comb and pencil to fish the dozens of OxyContin pills out of his backdoor luggage compartment.

Jail staff noticed DeWitt's rectum was bleeding through his clothes.

"He was bleeding as a result of his fishing expedition," Battles said.

Authorities seized the drugs immediately.

They also searched Lillo and found more pills.

The couple were put under surveillance, and the plot thickened Friday when DeWitt started complaining of abdominal pain.

Battles said DeWitt came clean and admitted he had a wad of drugs, roughly the size of a tennis ball, hidden inside his body.

The inmate was taken to the hospital, where tests showed the drugs were jammed deep into his colon.

When enemas and digestive flushing didn't work, hospital staff called in surgeons.

They were preparing to open him when the stash finally fell out.

Battles said the drugs were kept in a Kool-Aid packet, wrapped in a sock, then wrapped in plastic.

Lillo was charged with bringing drugs into a detention facility. Similar charges are expected to be filed against DeWitt soon.

The couple were arrested last Wednesday after a pharmacy employee called to report an armed robbery and identified DeWitt as a suspect.

Authorities could also pinpoint DeWitt's whereabouts during the robbery because he was fitted with an ankle monitor after being charged in November with safecracking, burglary and theft.

Huron County Sheriff's Sgt. Annette McLaughlin said anyone who commits a crime while being monitored is likely acting out of desperation and not thinking logically.

"Who knows what goes through these people's minds?" she asked. "Typically, people who have drug histories and stuff like that are thinking by the moment and not thinking long term."

DeWitt is scheduled to be sentenced this week to an amended count of burglary and tampering with evidence for the November incident.