SANTO DOMINGO, Oct 25, 2014:

Dominican Republic officials said they have arrested a woman who was carrying more than US$70,000 (RM229,000) in her stomach and US$69,000 hidden inside her suitcase.

The spokesman for the National Drug Control Agency said 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 on 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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