From the “Tales of Creative Drug Smuggling” File

Via the BBC:  Colombia arrests woman ‘with cocaine’ in pregnancy bump

A Canadian national has been arrested in Colombia after trying to board a flight to Toronto with a phony pregnant belly stuffed with cocaine, police say.


After performing a body search, the police found two sealed bags stashed inside the latex belly, which contained 2kg (5lb) of cocaine.

First:  that’s a new one.

Second:  it was a pretty stupid one.  I am not sure how she thought she was going to escape detection.

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  1. Tillman says:

    You’d think drug-sniffing dogs would catch that instantly.

  2. John Burgess says:

    Not so new, actually. Back in the mid-80s, airport security was patting down pregnant women’s bellies to ensure they weren’t carrying ‘belly bombs’. Because some women were carrying belly bombs.

  3. John Peabody says:

    I bet this might be quite successful. At least prior to TSA, I doubt we were poking pregnant women. The ladies will have to tell us if this is routine.

  4. @John Burgess: Well, new to me in terms of drug smuggling.

    @John Peabody: My last two experience in Latin American (Colombia and Panama): everyone got a pat down.

  5. CSK says:

    Well, it certainly brings new dimensions to the term “drug delivery system.”

  6. Rusty Shackleford says:

    @Steven L. Taylor:

    Can’t x-ray pregnant women, perhaps that was part of the plan

  7. al-Ameda says:

    I can hear her explaining to security officials now: “I don’t know how it got there. I loaned this belly pack to my girlfriend last week, this must be hers. You should ask her, she’s in rehab now.”