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Woman Allegedly Smuggles Cocaine in Fake Pregnancy Belly

Image Credit: Policia Nacional De Colombia(BOGOTA, Colombia) -- A Canadian social worker flying from Colombia was arrested for attempting to smuggle cocaine in a false belly meant to make her look pregnant.

Tabitha Leah Ritchie, 28, was arrested at Bogota’s El Dorado Airport after attempting to board an Air Canada flight to Toronto with a fake belly made out of latex attached to her body.

Authorities said they found 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of cocaine.

“The way she operated was to [try to] fool law enforcement checks by faking a pregnancy,” Col. Esteban Arias, deputy director of Colombia’s antinarcotic police department, said.

Video posted online by Colombian National police shows what appears to be Ritchie’s false stomach being removed by officers at the airport. The officer removed the false stomach, which appears to be attached via straps around Ritchie’s back, and removed two packages that authorities say contained the cocaine.

Ritchie’s fake stomach was concealed by a tank-top shirt and a long shawl, police said. They said Ritchie, a social worker, arrived in Colombia Aug. 6.

Calls placed by ABC News to the Canadian Embassy on Bogota were not immediately returned.

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