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Canadian woman arrested in Colombia for smuggling drugs in fake pregnant bellyThu, 12 Sep, 2013 | Posted By: The Times Of Earth (TOE)

Canadian woman arrested in Colombia for smuggling drugs in fake pregnant belly
A Canadian woman who used a fake pregnant stomach to smuggle two kilograms of cocaine has been arrested Wednesday at Bogota airport by Colombian police.

According to police, 28-year-old Tabitha Leah Ritchie, a social worker who arrived in Colombia on Aug 6 from Toronto, was arrested at El Dorado International Airport in Bogota while attempting to board a return flight to Canada.

It is reported an officer questioned Ritchie on how long she had been pregnant, to which she responded 'seven months'.

"[The Canadian] didn't like the question, which made the official suspicious," said the deputy director of Colombia's police anti-narcotics section, Colonel Esteban Arias Melo.

"Instinctively, she then very delicately touched the lady's belly, realising it was too hard and extremely cold," he continued.

According to Colonel Melo, a latex stomach designed to simulate pregnancy was subsequently found strapped to Ritchie containing two-kilograms of cocaine.

The latex pouch contained 2 kg of cocaine, which could sell for some US$60,000 in Canada.

Authorities say Ritchie will be charged with drug trafficking, possession and production and could spend between five to eight years in a Colombian jail.

This year, nearly 150 people were caught with drugs at Bogota's airport.

About a third of them were foreign nationals, according to the Colombian authorities.

Source: Agencies
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