Adult Female Accused of Smuggling Paper Soaked in PCP in a Diaper that a Child Was Wearing While Visiting Cook County Jail

Reality McDowell, accused of attempting to smuggle PCP into Cook County Jail (SOURCE: Cook County Sheriff's Office)
Reality McDowell, accused of attempting to smuggle PCP into Cook County Jail (SOURCE: Cook County Sheriff’s Office).

A 22-year-old woman has been charged with felony drug offenses after attempting to smuggle illegal narcotics in the diaper of a 9-month-old baby during her visit with an individual in custody at the Cook County Jail, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.

On Jan. 8, 2024 Sheriff’s Office Investigators were monitoring live security camera footage of visitation in Division 10 when they observed Reality McDowell, of the 6400 block of South Artesian Avenue in Chicago, handing the child to an individual in custody and saw the individual remove a piece of paper hidden in the baby’s diaper. Investigators recovered the folded piece of paper that appeared saturated with an unknown substance after a search of the individual.

Laboratory tests confirmed the paper was saturated with Phencyclidine (PCP), a dangerous illegal drug classified as a hallucinogen. On Thursday, March 28, McDowell was arrested at her home and charged with Bringing a Controlled Substance into a Penal Institution, a Class 1 felony, and Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Class 4 felony. The Sheriff’s Office also contacted the Department of Child and Family Services which is currently investigating.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office did not specify the relationship of the child to the woman or the “individual” in Cook County Jail. The gender of the individual also was not specified.

McDowell appeared for initial appearance on the charges at the George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building where she was released from custody pending trial.

The investigation is ongoing, and Cook County Sheriff’s Office Investigators will be seeking felony indictment of the individual in custody in connection with the incident.

Drug-soaked paper has posed a dangerous threat to the health and safety of individuals in custody in jails and prisons around the country. Since last year, 36 individuals – including McDowell – have been charged with drug-related offenses at the jail as part of the Office’s aggressive efforts to prevent drug-related overdoses. The public is reminded that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.



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