Woman hospitalized after drug arrest released from custody
A Saskatoon woman who was hospitalized last week after being charged with possessing methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking concealed some of the drugs in her body prior to her arrest, court heard.
Teresa Marguerite Tootoosis appeared in Saskatoon provincial court on Thursday and was released from custody. The federal Crown consented to her release on several conditions, including that she not use drugs and abide by a curfew. Tootoosis was arrested Oct. 4 around 3 a.m., according to a police news release. Crown prosecutor Crystal Warde said three ounces of meth were located in a vehicle, but that Tootoosis had “suitcased” — or anally inserted — some of the drugs. Paramedics evaluated Tootoosis when she arrived at the detention unit, as per Saskatoon Police Service policy. Police said she was “verbally unresponsive” and taken to hospital in medical distress approximately four hours later. Regular checks by EMTs, commissionaires and police officers had been conducted throughout the hours between the woman’s arrival and when she was found in distress, according to police, who confirmed the woman was released from hospital over the Thanksgiving long weekend.
Warde requested that Tootoosis be subject to an on-demand vehicle search, telling court the 31-year-old woman has prior convictions for similar drug activity.