Prosecutors have charged two women on accusations they tried to smuggle cocaine inside their bodies.
Azzie LaDawn Caldwell, 32, and Indira Doorga, 42, are charged with:
-- importing cocaine into the US
-- conspiring to possess with intent to distribute
-- possessing with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine
Sunday, Caldwell and Doorga were arrested at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Both were bound for Detroit from Trinidad and Tobago. In a statement, the US Attorney's Office says:
"Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents became suspicious when they received inconsistent statements from them regarding their purpose for travel, whether they knew one another or had traveled together. The investigative effort ultimately lead to x-rays, which allegedly revealed anomalies resembling pellets believed to contain a controlled substance."
Investigators reportedly discovered 89 pellets between the two. They were discharged from the hospital on Thursday and taken into custody.
If convicted, they could get 40 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines.