CRIME
03/16/2015 06:19 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Marina McCarthy, Pregnant Woman, Hid 89 Heroin Packets In Body Cavity: Police

Glen Rock Police Dept.

A woman who is six months pregnant is accused of carrying something else inside her body: 89 packets of heroin.

Marina McCarthy, 22, was arrested Friday after a police cruiser surveillance camera caught her allegedly reaching into her pants to hide what officials say was later to be discovered 89 packets of heroin in a body cavity, North Jersey.com reports.

The arrest came after officers pulled over the car McCarthy was riding in over a minor traffic violation.

Both McCarthy and her driver, Dakota Dunning, 27, had outstanding warrants. Dunning, who had a suspended license, was driving an unregistered, uninsured vehicle. When a K-9 unit detected the presence of drugs, the couple was taken into custody, according to NJ.com.

Because of McCarthy's pregnancy, officers handcuffed her in front of her body. That apparently allowed her to hide the heroin packets that were hidden on her body, the New York Daily News.

Her heroin hiding technique went unnoticed until the cruiser's surveillance video was reviewed at the station. At that point, a female officer took McCarthy into a bathroom and watched her remove the drugs from the body cavity.

The packages of heroin were so tightly packed together that, according to the Daily Mail, they were no bigger than a piece of Laffy Taffy candy.

McCarthy was charged with possession of a controlled substance and was released after she paid off an outstanding warrant of $1,000, according to the New York Daily News. She is due in court on Tuesday.

Dunning was given driving tickets and will be in court the same day.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated that McCarthy is alleged to have hidden the heroin packets inside her vagina. Police reports state only that she hid the packets inside of a "body cavity."

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