So...you're stopped by police when you've got drugs on your person. What to do? The most popular options exercised by scofflaws over the years include:
1. Throwing it away.
2. Eating it.
3. Hiding it in the handiest orifice available.
Michelle Rendon allegedly picked number three -- but her orifice of choice was highly unusual. She's accused of stashing meth in her belly button.
At about 10:33 p.m. on November 9, according to information shared on the Colorado Springs police blotter, cops were out on patrol when they spotted a vehicle matching the description of one that had been reported stolen.
Moments later, they pulled over the ride, occupied by Rendon, 28, and Arturo Velasquez, eighteen, near 310 North Murray Boulevard, an area captured in the interactive graphic below. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
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Shortly thereafter, officers say they developed probable cause to arrest both Rendon and Velasquez for motor vehicle theft and hauled them to the Springs' justice center. There, they got a little surprise: Rendon allegedly had meth in her navel.
Thank goodness she didn't have an outie.
Okay, perhaps Rendon didn't stash the meth in her belly button thinking no one would find it when she got to jail. Maybe she always keeps it there, so it's close at hand whenever she has a hankering for the stuff, and just forgot. But whatever the case, her decision didn't exactly lessen her trouble with the law.
Like Velasquez, Rendon was booked on suspicion of motor-vehicle theft; he also was slapped with what are termed "other traffic charges." In addition, she faces two other beefs: possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and introduction of contraband into a detention facility.
And to think: She could have been the most popular person on the cell block.
Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.
More from our Colorado Crimes archive circa January 2011: "Richard Troupe charged with dropping trou at Burger King, asking staffer to hold his Whopper."
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