Woman smuggled cocaine in fake 'pregnant belly,' police say

Woman smuggled cocaine in fake 'pregnant belly,' police say

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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -

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

Col. Esteban Arias said 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 nearly 4 and-a-half pounds of cocaine.

Police said Ritchie, 28, arrived in Colombia on Aug. 6 and he identified her as a social worker.

The Canadian Embassy did not respond to requests for details.

Colombian officials said 874 foreigners are held in the country's lockups, most on drug charges.

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