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N. Belle Vernon woman accused of smuggling drugs from Mexico

| Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, 1:02 a.m.

A North Belle Vernon woman is facing federal charges alleging she attempted to smuggle cocaine from Mexico into the United Sates in her vaginal cavity.

Samantha Rose Kurdilla, 22, of 1043 Broad Ave. was charged with unlawful importation of a controlled substance.

She was being held in the Metropolitan Correctional Facility in San Diego.

At midnight on Jan. 15, a Customs and Border Protection canine officer at the San Ysidro Port of entry pedestrian crossing facility detected an odor from Kurdilla's groin area, according to a probable cause statement filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego.

Kurdilla twice denied she was bringing anything illegal into the United States.

Kurdilla allegedly told authorities she was going to the Best Western Hotel in San Diego and that she had been partying with James Perry.

According to the affidavit, Kurdilla was walking arm-in-arm with Perry when stopped by authorities.

Perry ultimately admitted that he and Kurdilla had been smoking marijuana in Mexico, according to the probable cause statement.

It was later determined that Kurdilla had a condom filled with a white powdery substance in her vaginal cavity. A field test revealed the substance was cocaine, according to the probable cause statement.

Kurdilla eventually admitted to authorities she was smuggling drugs into the U.S. “in exchange for compensation.”

She told authorities the drugs were given to her by Perry, who was also arrested, the affidavit stated.

Perry admitted he was smuggling the drugs, which he bought in Tijuana, Mexico, according to the probable cause statement. Perry reportedly told authorities he told Kurdilla to conceal the drugs.

A search of Kurdilla's cellular telephone revealed text messages sent to an unknown person indicating she was, “smuggling cocaine and heroin” inside her body.

Perry, for whom no address was available at presstime, was charged with unlawful importation of a controlled substance.

On Nov. 5, 2008, Kurdilla was charged by Rostraver Township police with retail theft. She subsequently pleaded guilty.

On July 16, 2012, she was charged by North Belle Vernon police with DUI, false identification to law enforcement officers, careless driving, driving without a license and operating a vehicle without required financial responsibility.

She waived her right to a preliminary hearing and has been admitted to the Westmoreland County Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program on the DUI charge. Those in the program can petition the court to have their records cleared if they complete the program.

IChris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com.

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