Canadian Woman Busted in Colombia For Fake Baby Bump Filled With Cocaine

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


A Canadian woman gave birth to a 4.4 pound brick of cocaine in a Colombian airport. 

OK, she didn't actually birth the brick, but she got arrested by Colombian police for carrying a simulated pregnancy belly to try to smuggle the drugs.

Col. Esteban Arias says 28-year-old Tabitha Leah Ritchie, from Toronto, was stopped while trying to board an Air Canada flight in Bogotá after an inspector noted that her belly was unusually cold and hard. He says police discovered a false belly made of latex taped to her body and they found 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of cocaine.

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

The Canadian Embassy did not respond to requests for details.

Officials say 874 foreigners are currently held in Colombian lockups, most on drug charges.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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