Colombian Authorities: 'Pregnant' Woman Was Carrying Cocaine

Friday, 13 Sep 2013 10:51 AM

By Joel Himelfarb

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A Canadian national has been arrested in Colombia after trying to board a flight to Toronto with a fake pregnant stomach that had been stuffed with cocaine, according to the BBC.
 
The tourist, a 28-year-old Canadian social worker, drew the attention of a policewoman at Bogota's International Airport who allegedly asked her how long she had been pregnant.
 
The woman — identified by the Daily Mail as Tabitha Leah Ritchie — reacted aggressively, making the officer suspicious.
 
"Instinctively, she then very delicately touched the lady's belly, realizing it was too hard and extremely cold," said the deputy director of Colombia's police anti-narcotics section, Colonel Esteban Arias Melo.
 
After performing a body search, the police found two sealed bags stashed inside the latex belly, which contained 5l pounds of cocaine. Colombian police said the drugs had a street value of approximately $60,000.
 
Colombian authorities say Ritchie, who allegedly said she was seven months pregnant, faces up to eight years in prison on drug-related charges.

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