Youngstown halfway house resident accused of smuggling drugs in ‘body cavity’

Jessica Mason, 24, was serving time for prostitution-related charges last May

Jessica Mason, charged with smuggling drugs into CCA.
YOUNGSTOWN: Arrested Nov. 15 - Jessica Mason, 24, charged with arrest of probationer and possession of criminal tools

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A woman serving probation at the Community Corrections Association (CCA) in Youngstown is accused of smuggling fentanyl in a “body cavity.”

CEO David Stillwagon said another resident at the facility, Dawn Pyatt, overdosed on drugs that 24-year-old Jessica Mason brought into the facility.

“When she came back from her work pass, she admitted that the substance was in her body cavity,” Stillwagon said.

Pyatt was given two doses of naloxone to revive her. Both women are now facing charges.

Mason has been removed from the program and is now in the Mahoning County Jail. She is expected to appear in a Mahoning County courtroom to determine whether she violated the terms of her probation.

Mason was sentenced to probation last May on prostitution-related charges.

Pyatt, who has a history of heroin possession convictions in Trumbull County, is headed back to prison.

“That would mean the Ohio Reformatory for Women. She would carry out the sentence there,” Stillwagon said.

Stillwagon said residents like Mason who have work privileges outside the facility are searched whenever they leave and return. He said they do pat-down searches, urinalysis and a canine sweep once a week.

Although body scanners like those used in local county jails might have detected the drug Mason smuggled, Stillwagon said there are very few halfway houses that have them, mainly because they are too costly.

Mason is scheduled to appear in court next week.


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