Wo­man hos­pi­tal­ized af­ter drug ar­rest re­leased from cus­tody

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - CITY + REGION - BRE MCADAM bm­cadam@post­media.com

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.

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