Woman simulates pregnancy to smuggle cocaine

A Canadian social worker used a fake baby bump to try and smuggle two kilos of cocaine out of Columbia.

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by Closer Staff |
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Tabitha Leah Ritchie allegedly used a false belly filled with 4.4pounds of the drug taped to her body.

She was stopped from boarding an Air Canada flight from Botaga. When an inspector asked her how many months pregnant she was, woman reportedly reacted aggressively, raising the suspicions of the officials.

Colonel Esteban Arias Melo said: “[The Canadian] didn’t like the question, which made the official suspicious. Instinctively, she then very delicately touched the lady’s belly, realising it was too hard and extremely cold.”

Tabitha Leah Ritchie tried to smuggle cocaine using a fake baby bump
Tabitha Leah Ritchie tried to smuggle cocaine using a fake baby bump

The drugs contained in her fake bump would have a street value of £38,000.

Police confirmed the 28-year-old will be charged with drug trafficking, possession and production.

If found guilty, she could be imprisoned for between five and eight years.

Meanwhile, Michaella McCollum, one of the women who have been accused of attempting to take €1.7m worth of cocaine out of Peru, is said to be ‘scared and overwhelmed’ as she waits in a Peruvian jail for her trial.

The two girls could have to wait up to two years for their case to go to trial where, if they plead not guilty and are convicted, they face up to 15 years imprisonment.

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