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Devout Missouri Woman Busted for Smuggling Cocaine in High Heels

Woodrum's lawyer says the 2 lbs. of cocaine was meant for a mystery man named Hendrik Cornelius.

August 14, 2018 - 2:07 pm
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A devout woman from Missouri finds herself in hot water in Australia after getting busted for smuggling cocaine into the country.

Denise Marie Woodrum, 51, was caught arriving into Sydney Airport in August 2017 while making her way through customs. Officers at the airport discovered the drugs stuffed into the heels of her shoes.

Woodrum's lawyer says the 2 lbs. of cocaine was meant for a mystery man named Hendrik Cornelius, whom she had met online.

Woodrum—an associate of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, an international order of vowed Catholic women whose U.S. offices are based in Missouri—claimed she met Cornelius online during a tough period in her life, Newsweek reports. Woodrum said she had just suffered a failed marriage and health issues that inundated her with large bills.

“She was groomed to provide a financial gain for this person, Hendrik Cornelius, whatever person or persons it was behind this identity,” said her attorney, Rebecca Neil. "There are fraudsters out there who are relying on women who are vulnerable."

Woodrum's dad, who lives in Illinois, said his daughter’s arrest “was a big shock to the whole family.”

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