Jessica Debra Carrabotta

Jessica Debra Carrabotta

An Inverness woman is in the Citrus County jail after ignoring a sheriff’s deputy warning about the risks of trying to smuggle drugs into the detention center.

Jessica Debra Carrabotta, 35, faces an additional charge of introduction of contraband into a detention center after she tried to smuggle methamphetamine between her buttocks into the jail, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s arrest report. Deputies initially charged Carrabotta, of 1277 S. Gold Dust Terrace, Inverness, for possession of methamphetamine after a routine traffic stop.

Carrabotta’s trip to jail began Monday when a sheriff’s deputy stopped the Inverness woman, who was a passenger in a red four-door sedan, according to arrest reports. The K-9 deputy reported that the driver was going 58 mph in a 45 mph zone near West Main Street and Heights Avenue in Inverness.

During the traffic stop the deputy’s K-9 partner did a sniff test around the car and alerted the deputy there were drugs inside, according to the arrest report.

The deputy searched the inside of the car and in the door panel found a green L&M cigarette pack. Inside he found a clear bag containing what later tested positive for 1.09 grams of methamphetamine, according to the report.

Carrabotta’s bond was set at $2,000 for possessing a controlled substance and an additional $2,000 for trying to smuggle in a controlled substance into the jail.

Contact Chronicle reporter Fred Hiers at or 352-397-5914.

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