"Drug Diapers": Pair busted at JFK airport with cocaine in "diapers," feds say

Homemade "diapers" that two women allegedly used to smuggle cocaine into the U.S. from the Dominican Republic on Jan. 26, 2013.
U. S. Customs and Border Protection, via CBS New York

(CBS) NEW YORK - Priscilla Pena and Michelle Blassingale, both of the Bronx, were arrested in New York Saturday after allegedly attempting to smuggle cocaine into the U.S. in homemade diapers they were wearing, CBS New York reports.

Pena and Blassingale arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport on a JetBlue flight from the Dominican Republic on Saturday and were selected for inspection by customs agents because a drug-sniffing dog alerted agents to something around Pena's midsection, according to court documents.

CBS New York reports that according to an affidavit, agents searched Pena's luggage and said she appeared very nervous during the search.

An agent then requested a pat-down and Pena agreed. That is when the agent found a hard object around Pena's stomach and buttocks.

A partial strip search revealed a girdle, resembling a diaper and a silver plastic wrapper containing cocaine, CBS New York reports.

Pena was placed under arrest. Pena then told agents she was traveling with Blassingale, who was also searched and was found to also have cocaine in her homemade diaper, the station reports.

In total, both women were allegedly found with nearly seven kilos of cocaine.

Blassingale was in custody in Brooklyn and Pena was released on $150,000 bond.