"I'm Smuggling Cocaine & Heroin In My Coochie"
Texts left no doubt as to south of the border moves
JANUARY 22--Meet Samantha Kurdilla.
The 22-year-old was walking back into the United States last week from Tijuana, Mexico when a drug detection dog “alerted to a narcotic odor” emanating from her “groin area.”
Kurdilla was walking arm-in-arm with James Perry, who announced, “I’m not with her” when the canine signaled interest in his female companion. Detained at a “pedestrian crossing facility” by Customs and Border Protection agents, Kurdilla was asked if she was “bringing anything from Mexico.”
In response, the Pennsylvania resident “gave two negative declarations,” according to a January 18 probable cause statement.
Claiming that she was returning to a Best Western hotel in San Diego, Kurdilla (seen above) told investigators that she had been partying with Perry, 44, in Tijuana, where they had been smoking marijuana.
Despite Kurdilla’s denials, federal agents later determined that she had a condom filled with 100 grams of cocaine “within her vaginal cavity.” After being read her rights, Kurdilla admitted to drug smuggling “in exchange for compensation,” adding that the cocaine--worth several thousand dollars--belonged to Perry.
When he was questioned, Perry reportedly confessed to the smuggling attempt, saying that he directed Kurdilla to hide the narcotics in her vagina so that he could resell the cocaine in the U.S..
In addition to the confessions, federal agents retrieved some particularly damning evidence during a search of Kurdilla’s cell phone. Text messages sent to an unknown individual left little doubt as to what Kurdilla was doing south of the border.
“I’m smuggling cocaine and heroin in my coochie,” Kurdilla wrote.
A felony complaint filed against Kurdilla and Perry only references cocaine, so it is unclear whether Kurdilla’s statement about heroin in her coochie was incorrect (or perhaps she was referring to a separate smuggling attempt).
Kurdilla and Perry are scheduled for separate court appearances Thursday in U.S. District Court in San Diego. According to her Facebook page, Kurdilla previously worked at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington, Pennsylvania, about 25 miles south of Pittsburgh. (2 pages)