A 43-year old woman from Venezuela was recently arrested in Madrid International Airport after airport authorities noticed her suspicious behavior during the normal routine screening. Turned out that she was carrying 3.7 pounds of cocaine inside her breast implants.
The woman and other passengers returning from Bogota, Colombia were being frisked by airport security, when narcotics agents noticed her strange gesticulations and other suspicious behavior. She was then taken aside for further searches and questioning, and that was when female agents noticed that her breasts were riddled with ‘irregularities and deformities.’
Overcome with nerves, anxiety and the pressure of smuggling $2.5 million worth of cocaine in her breasts, the woman confessed that she was carrying drugs in her mammary glands.
She was then taken to a local hospital where the implants were removed. There, she was arrested for crimes against public health.
Drug smuggling via breast implants, though unusual, is not uncommon. As a medical student, I know that all the smugglers have to do is to replace the saline in the implants with cocaine powder and insert them into the breasts. The risks involved are of course very high, because most drug smugglers do not operate in medically acceptable environments and infections and even death by drug poisoning due to improper implant insertions can happen … and it does happen.
Of course, there are many other ways drug smugglers use to transport their goods: via the stomach, rectum and, as we reported, drugging elephants.