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Woman Finds Out High Heels Are Bad Drug-Smuggling Aid

Missouri's Denise Woodrum is headed to an Australian jail
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2018 10:00 AM CDT
Cocaine was found in the heel of one of Woodrum's shoes.   (Australian Border Force)

(Newser) – A Missouri woman was sentenced Thursday to 7.5 years in jail in Australia, where she'd traveled with various cocaine-stuffed items, including a pair of high heels. Denise Woodrum, 51, pleaded guilty in January to the illegal import stemming from her arrival at Sydney Airport last August with 756 grams of cocaine, but she told authorities she’d been tricked by an online suitor, per the BBC. Noting she'd traveled to South America in the month prior, a judge determined she was a willing participant. Per the Sydney Morning Herald, Woodrum suggested some knowledge of the scheme as her shoes were being screened. "How much did they find in the shoes? Sorry, just talking to myself," she reportedly said. (Don't run in traffic in heels.)

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