A Colombian woman has been arrested for allegedly smuggling 2 pounds of cocaine inside of her breast implants.
Airport authorities made the arrest after they searched the woman and found what appeared to be new surgery scars underneath her breasts. She also complained of significant pain.
The woman then reportedly admitted to smuggling the drugs and was taken to a nearby hospital, where doctors removed lumps of cocaine wrapped in plastic from her breast implants. The cocaine was worth $293,850 and was being transported to Spain from Frankfurt, Germany, where the woman was caught.
“This is the first case in Germany in which drugs have been smuggled in this fashion,” spokesman Hans-Juergen Schmidt said, according to News.com.au.
Customs authorities said that the procedure to hide the drugs was very poorly done, showing that drug smugglers are “completely indifferent to human life and the life-threatening conditions of their drug carriers.”
The woman is facing drug trafficking charges following her arrest.
In a similar incident, a former Navy SEAL was arrested and charged with drug smuggling following an investigation that uncovered drug use among SEALs.
James Dennis Smith Jr. was arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute after being caught with at least 700 kilograms of marijuana. Smith, who was awarded a Bronze Star for a tour in Iraq, was a SEAL for 16 years before working for a global security and crisis management consulting firm.
A company spokesperson told CBS News that Smith had not been associated with the firm for five years.
An affidavit stated that Smith smuggled marijuana to Columbia, South Carolina, by airplane. He claimed to have purchased the plane in support of humanitarian efforts in Central America.
Another drug bust made headlines after several men were arrested for allegedly running a drug ring in Bakersfield, California. Eight men, several of whom were from Mexico, were arrested in connection with a methamphetamine and heroin ring that spread throughout the U.S.
According to court documents, the group sold “large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin to the Bakersfield area and other locations,” including Washington, North Dakota, and Atlanta, Georgia.
One of the men, Jose Luis Zambrano, was charged not only with involvement in the drug ring but also for a homicide in Bakersfield to which he was allegedly connected.
According to KERO, Zambrano was the head of the organization, referred to as the Zambrano Drug Trafficking Organization.
While some of the men involved in the ring were arrested, several are now on the run and thought to be in Mexico.