The Nun Who Smuggled Cocaine For Her Online Boyfriend

Sometimes a headline is too weird to believe, but yes, this nun really was busted smuggling cocaine for her internet boyfriend.

By nowproducerdave on August 15, 2018
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This is one of those stories I just had to dig into a little deeper after reading the initial headline. A nun was caught smuggling cocaine for her internet boyfriend. That’s a whole lot of things that don’t make any sense together.

Let’s start with what a nun is. I know you know, but putting it in definitive words helps. According to Wikipedia (totally official, I know), a nun is a “member of a religious community of women, typically living under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience in the enclosure of a monastery.” So nothing lavish, no dating, and no breaking the law. This nun was travelling to Australia from the United States with 2 pounds of cocaine in her shoes for her internet boyfriend. Wait, what? She hid it in her shoes? Yes – in the heels of her shoes actually.

The nun, named Denise Marie Woodrum had just gone through a “failed” marriage and had a lot of medical bills as well. That’s when she met her online boyfriend who had her travelling for some reason. She flew around the US, into South America, and then to Australia. The travelling nun made it all the way there before Australian border agents stopped her. She was obviously detained, and is about to head to sentencing.

She claims that she had no idea what was happening, and thinks that she was transporting “artifacts” for her internet lover. The investigation is ongoing, obviously given that she’s lived basically in isolation for so long. Maybe it’s true that she has no idea what she was “tricked” into doing. But the judge isn’t buying her story after hearing some evidence. There were some text messages she exchanged with other unknown people. Example, in one message she says “whole trip is paid for and will get additional payment for work.” Anyway, there’s some more on the story over here.

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