A woman has been arrested at an airport in the Dominican Republic after authorities discovered her trying to smuggle nearly $140,000 in cash—half of which was found in her stomach, the Associated Press reported. The 40-year-old woman was arrested at an airport in Punta Cana—an area popular with tourists—after arriving from Brussels.
She was initially stopped and pulled aside for the $69,000 she had hidden inside her suitcase. The authorities then discovered that she was carrying more than $70,000 in her stomach as well. A spokesman for the National Drug Control Agency, Dario Medrano, said that the cash in her stomach was in 16 capsules. If it was divided evenly, that would be $4,375 in each capsule.
It is not clear how the money in her suitcase led authorities to discover the huge amount of cash in her stomach, nor is it known yet how the money was extracted.
Officials suspect the money is linked to drug trafficking, and say it is the first time they’ve encountered someone smuggling money in their stomach. The woman’s name has not been released.
As HNGN reports, this is not the first time smugglers have used unusual methods to transport contraband and cash across international borders. A woman was caught with 20,000 euros inside her underwear in July, and in August another woman was caught with $41,000 in her girdle.