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Suspect fights with deputies
0607 Jessica Smart
Jessica Smart

A Savannah woman was arrested Wednesday night after fighting with Effingham County Sheriff’s deputies who found her in possession of a large amount of marijuana.

Jessica Smart, 25, not only fought with three deputies, according to investigators, but also tried to hide the marijuana  —  first by eating some of it and then by hiding it inside her body.

Around 8 p.m. Wednesday, Smart stopped for a road safety check the ECSO Traffic Enforcement Unit was conducting at Blandford and McCall roads. She was not wearing a seat belt and deputies smelled a strong marijuana odor inside her car, according to ECSO spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor.

Smart did not cooperate with deputies and attempted to destroy the marijuana that was in her car.

“She was eating it while being questioned,” Ehsanipoor said. “When attempting to arrest Smart, she violently fought three deputies. Deputies were forced to use a taser to subdue her.”

Smart was taken to the Effingham County Jail where jail officers located more than an ounce-and-a-half of marijuana in two of her body cavities, Ehsanipoor said.

Smart was charged with two counts of felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer, tampering with and destroying evidence, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and crossing guard lines while in possession of marijuana.

Smart was denied bond Thursday and she remains in the Effingham County Jail.

Smart has an extensive criminal history, including arrests for felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault and several other charges.