Impromptu jail-cell dance exposes drugs

Published on August 7, 2012
Provincial Correctional Centre in Charlottetown.
Photo special to The Guardian

Truth is stranger than fiction.

Just ask the guards at the provincial correctional centre who recently charged a new arrival for drug possession after his impromptu impersonation of a cartoon character culminated in the unplanned exposure of a packet of drugs concealed in his rectum.

Troy Kenneth Campbell had been taken to the provincial correctional centre after police picked him up for being intoxicated in public.

Campbell had been dancing in the middle of University Avenue in Charlottetown with a beer in one hand and a cheeseburger in the other.

When he arrived at the correctional centre he was placed in what corrections officials refer to as a dry cell.

Dry cells generally have no running water and are used principally for prisoners   suspected of having ingested illegal goods or other contraband which would come out of the body in a bowel movement.

When Campbell was exchanging his clothing for jail issue clothing he asked the guards if they had ever seen Cyril Sneer. Sneer was a pink cartoon aardvark with a very prominent snout.

Campbell proceeded to tuck his penis between his legs, bend over and jump up and down in the cell.

When he did so, guards observed that a piece of plastic was protruding from his rectum, an indication he was carrying contraband.

When guards began to enter the cell Campbell sensing what was up pulled a plastic bag from his rectum and threw it across the cell.

The bag in question contained four hits of Hydromorphone, a narcotic used to treat moderate to severe pain.

In court Monday Campbell pleaded guilty to possession of Hydromorphone and was fined $700. He must also pay a $105 victims of crime surcharge.

Campbell had a prior conviction for possession of narcotics.