Woman arrested with $70K in her stomach

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Dominican Republic officials say they have arrested a woman who was carrying more than $70,000 in her stomach and $69,000 hidden inside her suitcase.

The spokesman for the National Drug Control Agency says the money in the woman’s stomach was divided up among 16 capsules and the cash is likely tied to drug trafficking.

Spokesman Dario Medrano said Friday that the 40-year-old woman was arrested at the airport in the popular tourist district of Punta Cana after arriving on a flight from Brussels. Her name has not been released.

Dominican authorities say this is the first time they have arrested someone who was smuggling money in their stomach.

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