Officials reported that a South Carolina drug bust resulted in the arrest of two individuals, including a woman who purportedly used a fake baby bump to conceal cocaine.
According to Anderson County authorities, over 1,500 pounds of cocaine were seized during a recent traffic stop involving the driver, Anthony Miller, and the woman identified as Cemeka Mitchem.
“The first red flag began when the two gave conflicting information about her ‘due date,’” the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday in a Facebook post.
“As Mitchem realized deputies were becoming more suspicious of her conflicting story, Mitchem immediately took off running and very quickly drugs fell from the fake rubber stomach.”
The sheriff’s office has charged Miller and Mitchem with cocaine trafficking after they were stopped on Interstate 85. Authorities released the mug shots of Miller and Mitchem, as well as an image of the counterfeit rubber belly that was confiscated.
Anderson County, located in northwestern South Carolina, shares a border with Georgia. The county includes cities such as Anderson and Clemson.
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