A Missouri nun who was traveling to Australia last August was caught attempting to smuggle cocaine as a result of Sydney Airport (SYD) by employing her high heels. But the nun promises that she was duped into committing the crime by a male she satisfied on the net.
As described by The Sydney Morning Herald, fifty one-12 months-previous Denise Marie Woodrum, a sister of the Kansas-dependent Adorers of the Blood of Christ, was busted when attempting to go as a result of customs at SYD on August 4, 2017. When stopped, officers found pretty much two lbs of cocaine in her baggage.
Woodrum promises that the cocaine was the result of becoming duped by a male she satisfied on the net, named Hendrick Cornelius.
“She was groomed to give a fiscal get for this human being, Hendrick Cornelius, what ever human being or persons it was guiding this identity,” said Rebecca Neil, Woodrum’s law firm. “She went on this excursion, she was bringing artifacts for him.”
According to Woodrum, she was in crippling personal debt because of to wellness challenges and a failed marriage. By way of the hundreds of texts the two exchanged, she considered the male she satisfied on the net, Hendrick Cornelius, was another person exclusive. Woodrum under no circumstances satisfied the male in human being, and her law firm promises that Woodrum was a “vulnerable” female who experienced been preyed on.
In January, Woodrum pleaded guilty to importing a industrial amount of money of a border-managed drug. However, there remains concerns about how much she realized about what she was bringing in her high heels. But the District Court Choose, Penelope Wass, does not absolutely think her, finding her assert “inconsistent and unbelievable.”
That is since her journey for acquiring from Missouri to Australia was on behalf of Hendrick Cornelius. On July eighteen, 2017, Woodrum flew from Missouri to Trinidad and Tobago via Texas. The subsequent working day, she flew to Suriname, and then on July twenty five, Woodrum texted another person named “Stacie”: “This complete excursion is paid out for and will get extra payment for operate.”
On July thirty, Woodrum texted Hendrick Cornelius, stating, “Riding in his car to get things no signature required,” and then on Aug. two, she all over again texted him — this time, with a checklist of expenditures for flights and accommodations. Then, Woodrum departed for Sydney from Miami, traveling via Los Angeles.
On her arrival at SYD at seven:00am, her bags were selected for screening. She reportedly informed officers that she’d occur to the town to see the Harbour Bridge and the aquarium. She then explained the footwear in her bag as becoming a present for her mom. When her bag experienced been swabbed, a compound was detected inside the heel of a shoe, a wallet and buttons.
Following becoming informed that some of her belongings experienced analyzed good for cocaine, she said, “Why, how much did you find?”
The prescription drugs, packed in high heels, totaled 756 grams (about one.6 lbs).
Since becoming arrested in August 2017, Woodrum has remained in custody and is set to be sentenced in early September 2018.
“It was a major shock to the complete loved ones,” Woodrum’s father, Tom Rozanski, informed Fairfax Media. “It just arrived out of the blue.”
All visuals courtesy of the Australian Border Pressure.