A Canadian woman who used a fake pregnant stomach to smuggle two kilograms of cocaine has been arrested today at Bogota airport by Colombian police.
Canadian Tabitha Leah Ritchie, 28, was stopped by authorities as she prepared to board a flight from Bogota to Toronto.
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.
Police say Ritchie arrived in Colombia on August 6 and was identified as a social worker.
The drugs found on Ritchie's person are said to have a street value of more than sixty-thousand dollars.
Authorities say Ritchie will be charged with drug trafficking, possession and production and could spend between five to eight years in a Colombian jail.