View photos The woman allegedly tried to smuggle 15 cannabis bricks around her waist (Picture: Gendarmeria Nacional/ Twitter) More
A woman was allegedly caught trying to smuggle cannabis through a police checkpoint in a fake baby bump.
Pictures taken of the suspect after her arrest in Valle de Uco, near Mendoza, in Argentina, showed 15 cannabis bricks strapped to her stomach.
The drug packages, which weighed a total of four kilos, had been bound using starch-based paste.
The woman, who has not been identified, had been searched after her male companion was found with two marijuana bricks.
They had been travelling on a coach when it was stopped near Argentina’s border with Chile.
View photos The suspect was detained at a police checkpoint (Picture: Gendarmería Nacional/Twitter) More
Minister for Security Patricia Bullrich posted images of the unnamed woman on Twitter, writing: “She made a belly out of paste, hid 15 cannabis bricks inside it and faked a pregnancy before trying to take it form Mendoza to Santa Cruz.
“At a police control the pretend mum-to-be and her accomplice were arrested. This is how she tried to smuggle the drugs.”
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A spokesperson for Argentinian police added: “Officers discovered a passenger was carrying two cannabis bricks in a black bag. A young woman was beside him who appeared to be pregnant.
“She was asked to leave the vehicle and it was confirmed she was also carrying drugs and no baby inside of her.”
It was not the first time drugs had been found in an unusual place on a woman in South America.
In 2015 a female suspect was caught after trying to smuggle liquid cocaine in her breasts at El Dorado airport, in Colombia.
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