Tuesday 16 January 2018

Latex-pectations drug suspect held

A woman in Colombia wore a false belly made of latex containing 2kgs of cocaine
A woman in Colombia wore a false belly made of latex containing 2kgs of cocaine

Colombian police have arrested a Toronto woman who simulated pregnancy to try to smuggle cocaine.

Colonel Esteban Arias said 28-year-old Tabitha Leah Ritchie was stopped while trying to board an Air Canada flight in Bogota after an inspector noted that her belly was unusually cold and hard.

He said police discovered a false belly made of latex taped to her body and they found 2kgs (4.4lbs) of cocaine.

Police said Ritchie arrived in Colombia on August 6 and he identified her as a social worker.

The Canadian Embassy did not respond to requests for details.

Officials say 874 foreigners are held in Colombian jails, most on drug charges.

Press Association

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