Two people have been arrested in South Carolina for allegedly trying to smuggle illicit drugs under a fake pregnancy bump, authorities said.
Deputies spoke with suspects Anthony Miller and Cemeka Mitchem during a traffic stop last month where Mitchem appeared visibly pregnant, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department said. he said in a Facebook post on Sunday..
The traffic stop was initiated after deputies observed Miller, who was driving, weaving through traffic on Interstate 85 and nearly colliding with an 18-wheeler, the sheriff’s office said. Upon being separated and speaking with them, the couple allegedly gave officers conflicting information about Mitchem’s due date.
«When Mitchem realized that deputies were becoming increasingly suspicious of his contradictory story, Mitchem immediately ran outside and very quickly drugs fell out of the fake rubber stomach,» the sheriff’s department said.
The arrest occurred in April, but the sheriff’s office announced the incident on Mother’s Day.
Deputies discovered more than 1,500 grams of cocaine during the stop, according to the sheriff’s office.
Inmate records show Miller and Mitchem were denied bail and remain in custody.
It is not clear if Mitchem and Miller have retained attorneys in their case.