Woman arrested for administering illegal butt implant injections
A Georgia woman was arrested last month in Washington after a stripper from Baltimore's red light district told authorities that the woman was administering illegal buttocks implants in downtown hotel rooms, according to court documents.
Kimberly Smedley, 45, seen at right, has been under investigation by the Food and Drug Administration since a Baltimore dancer was hospitalized in March following four silicone treatments in a room at the Renaissance Hotel, records show. The woman paid $1,000 for each injection but later became ill, and doctors found that the silicone had spread from her hips and buttocks to her lungs, according to records.
The dancer told investigators that she met "Kim" at an undisclosed club on The Block, where most of Baltimore's strip clubs are located. The victim "said she heard through word of mouth from other exotic dancers of a woman who administrated silicone injections into the buttocks of customers so they would have larger and fuller buttocks."
After the procedure went awry, the victim sent a text message to Smedley saying, "You almost killed me."
Smedley, who is not a licensed doctor or nurse, has been apparently performing such surgeries for years. The New York Post, in a 2008 article titled "Rear and Present Danger" that was found by authorities doing an Internet search for Smedley, sent a reporter undercover to receive injections from Smedley. They met in a Manhattan hotel room, where Smedley brought a Poland Spring jug full of silicone.
"It's illegal here, but legal in other countries, like Mexico," Smedley told the reporter, according to the article. "It lasts forever."
The dancer said she met Smedley in October, December, February, and March, and agents confirmed that Smedley had checked into the Renaissance on those dates. She had checked into Marriott hotels across the country 106 times from Jan. 16, 2010 to May 2, 2011.
The Smoking Gun, which first reported Smedley's arrest, said she was taken into custody at a Washington hotel, where she was carrying three 18-gauge medical needles in one of her handbags and had a text message on her phone from a DC woman indicating that they were to meet for a procedure.
Agents reviewed Smedley's bank accounts and believe she may have purchased the silicone from stores like Lowe's and Home Depot.
An arrest was made in a similar case in Miami recently. The photo that accompanies this story is rather unique.