Okay, folks, let's meet The Cocaine Nun.
Denise Marie Woodrum, 51, was stopped in the Sydney Airport with about two pounds of cocaine stuffed in the heels of her shoes. Woodrum, a Sister of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, was probably the last person the Australian Border Force (the equivalent of the TSA Down Under) expected to run $150,000 worth of coke through an X-ray machine for all the world to see.
Pretty incredible, but it gets weirder. Woodrum pleaded guilty to moving a "commercial quantity" of a controlled drug, but her lawyer, Rebecca Neil, told District Court Judge Penelope Wass that her client had been catfished into smuggling. The hilariously fictitious-sounding "Hendrik Cornelius" asked Woodrum to bring "artifacts" to Sydney after a lengthy online courtship and, as a bored nun in the Midwest, she was happy to oblige.
Neil maintains that her client is a vulnerable woman who was preyed upon. “She was groomed to provide a financial gain for this person, Hendrik Cornelius, whatever person or persons it was behind this identity,” Neil said, according to Sydney Morning Herald. “She went on this trip thinking she was bringing artifacts for him.”