A six-month-pregnant woman was allegedly caught on a police cruiser surveillance video stuffing 89 bags of heroin into a “body cavity.”
The suspect, who was arrested in Glen Rock, New Jersey, after a routine traffic stop, is identified by multiple media outlets as Marina McCarthy, 22, who was a passenger in the vehicle.
Police pulled over the car on Friday because the temporary registration taped to the vehicle’s back window was unreadable. It turned out that the car was unregistered and uninsured, and the driver, Dakota Dunning, 27, had a suspended license, an active warrant, and had fresh track marks, the New York Daily News reported.
Cops suspected drugs might be in the car, and a K-9 confirmed that.
Officers evidently gave the woman a break by not handcuffing her behind her back, the latter which is standard procedure in arrests, but that’s apparently when things went south, as it were, in the back seat of the police car.
“McCarthy, who was taken to police headquarters because she had a warrant from Sparta for $1,000, had been handcuffed in the front of her body because she was six months pregnant, [Captain Jonathan Miller] said. When Detective James Calaski was viewing the car’s camera footage, he saw her reaching into her pants numerous times. A female Wyckoff police officer came to Glen Rock headquarters and McCarthy retrieved the bags of heroin from her body in the bathroom in the presence of the Wyckoff officer, Miller said,” NorthJersey.com reported.
An EMT examined her after the discovery, but she declined any medical treatment at a hospital.
McCarthy, a Pennsylvania resident, paid the $1,000 for the outstanding warrant and was released. She, along with her companion, is due back in court today. Police impounded the vehicle. She faces a charge of possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
According to what a witness told the Daily Mail, “the packages of powder had been tightly packed together and collectively, were no bigger than a piece of Laffy Taffy candy.”
Alleged drug smuggling via body cavity has happened before, although the involvement of a pregnant woman would seem to be an aberration. For example, last June, a woman was caught at the U.S.-Mexican border allegedly trying to smuggle a pound of methamphetamine in her vagina. In the same month, two women were busted at Chicago’s Midway International Airport after being allegedly caught with cocaine-filled condoms in their body cavities.
Separately, a commercial pilot wound up in a Houston hospital in May 2014 after one of the alleged 62 bags of coke in his stomach burst.
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