Spanish authorities say they have arrested a Panamanian woman arriving at Barcelona airport with 3 pounds of cocaine concealed in breast implants. The Interior Ministry said Wednesday that border police noticed fresh scars and blood-stained gauze on her chest as well as pale patches beneath her skin. The woman said she had recently had breast implant surgery. The statement said police were suspicious and sent her to a local hospital where the implants were removed and found to contain cocaine.
This sounds like an episode of “Breaking Bad,” but it really happened. I am not sure how safe it would be to leave such implants in place long enough for the wounds to heal, but that is probably why these were discovered. The wounds were bleeding and the woman was taken to the hospital from the airport.
The cocaine inside may have been an incidental discovery. I wonder what the implants looked like and whether or not the mule (patient) was in any way harmed. Maybe if the smugglers put a little less in there. Three pounds seems a lot to hide in the average woman’s breasts; well maybe unless she dances for a living.
John Di Saia MD