Feds: Alleged Ecstasy Smuggler Hid Her Stash In Octomomesque Protuberance

A Georgia woman is facing a federal drug rap for allegedly trying to smuggle a large stash of Ecstasy into the country over a bridge connecting Canada to Buffalo.

Leeann Corley, 25, was aboard a Greyhound bus last Thursday night when border agents became suspicious of her claim that she was eight months pregnant and was returning to the U.S. after visiting a sick aunt.

During a pat down search, investigators discovered that Corley was “wearing a body suit with a modified stomach area,” according to a U.S. District Court complaint. As seen in the above evidence photo (click to enlarge), that “modified stomach area” contained “33 zip lock bags containing colored pills.”

The seized narcotics weighed 21.63 pounds, and border agents extrapolated that the bags contained a total of 34,230 Ecstasy pills.

While Corley was not photographed in her “pregnant” state, her purported protuberance would likely have been Octomomesque.

Comments (17)

You can argue constitutional rights and probable cause all day long but what it all comes down to is what goes in the report.......
LawMan4525 & mtnman, sounds like both of you gentlemen are FLETC grads...you really liked that greasy food down there???
I could never stand that stuff. I remember making many trips to the grocery store. Charleston is much better..
You get used to it the more times you go.
Apparently, very few of you know the law. Coming into the United States, regardless of citizenship (or knowledge of law) you are subject to search without probable cause. In laymans terms, there is no 4th amendment protection at the border when entering or exiting the United States. Look up Title 19 of the United States Code Section 1467 and 19 Code of Federal Regulations 162.6, which states; all persons, baggage, conveyances, and merchandise arriving in the CBP territory of the United States from places outside thereof are liable to inspection. CBP Officers, BP Agents, ICE Agents, and a few other agencies are granted this "Border Search Authority" in which not even mere suspicion is needed to perform a search.
NICE !!!! You took the words out of my mouth....You obviously spent some time in that southern Georgia heat..
Yup...I love me some "chicken". 3 times there...
I don't know much about drugs, but I do know a little about the law. Reasonable suspicion is the lowest recognizable burden in the legal system that will allow justifiable police action. Probable cause is what police need to arrest you. Further, the 4th Amendment isn't really that applicable when you are in a motor vehicle. Because of the inherent mobility of being in a vehicle ("Carrol Doctrine") and the fact that you don't have the same expectation of privacy in a vehicle, especially public transportation, you will not enjoy the same right to privacy and warrant requirements that you would in your home.
Well obviously none of you have any clue to what is legal and illegal at the border. Border search authority is granted in title 19 USC sec 1582 of the CFR. it states all vehicles, persons, baggage, etc, etc, etc is authorized for search while entering the US...What is even funnier is that how people have no problem being searched before getting on an airplane but some how they are dumb enough to believe they should not be searched while entering the country by foot or vehicle..You or your vehicle can be searched at any time while within the customs search area..Dont need probable cause, no reasonable susp....
I probably know less about the law than you, but I have some issues with your comment. First, probable cause is what police need for a warrant, not merely arrest. Arrest without a warrant is, it seems to me, a different kind of thing. Second, having searched this suspect without a warrant, and having found concealed pills, they had ample cause for arrest. It was the original search that may have not been legally justified...unless this suspect gave permission. The biggest issue I have is that this person being in a vehicle automatically gave up certain civil rights. No, we can't expect the same right to _privacy_, but that's not an enumerated right, like speech or religion or freedom from search and seizure without due process. So, cops can _look_ into our vehicles, and if they see something suspicious, may use that as probably cause for a search. Otherwise, merely being in a vehicle is _de facto_ probable cause. That's a slippery slope leading to any _potentially_ criminal activity, like, say, boating, being grounds for unwarranted search. I do tend to allow searches at the border a little more leniency, since the act of crossing the border is at the discretion of border agents. There is no Constitutional right to enter this country unfettered or unsearched. I'm not certain there are ANY Constitutional rights for people at the border, attempting to enter this nation, if they have not yet entered. They should still have legal rights of the nation they are departing. It's murky.