TAICHUNG, TAIWAN - Taichung County police last week arrested a woman for allegedly selling heroin after they discovered the drug hidden in the diaper of her daughter, local media reported yesterday.
Police found 13 grams of heroin, worth NT$80,000 (S$3,504), hidden in the diaper of the suspect's baby, after receiving details about a possible drug dealing business run by her in central Taiwan.
Five people including the arrested drug addict surnamed Wang, 31, and her husband, were present when the police searched their workplace and them. The hunt was initially unsuccessful until an officer realized how frequently the adults took turns holding Wang's 9-month-old daughter.
An officer said he felt a lump in the baby's diaper when he held her, and found a black purse packed with 28 small bags of heroin, local media reported.
Wang told the police that the heroin was for her personal use and denied the police's accusation that she was selling drugs, local reporters said.
The suspect's husband told the police that he knew his wife had been using drugs but wasn't aware of her hiding it in the baby's diaper, they continued.
According to local reporters, Wang had been using drugs since the age of 17 with a record of drug possession for over a decade.
A local doctor said if the bags of heroin had burst and the baby happened to have urinated, then she could have gotten poisoned once her skin had soaked in the content, local media reported.
The doctor added that the poisoning could easily lead to heart diseases and breathing problems.
Police said when the officer asked to hold the baby, Wang at first rejected him and pinched her daughter on the thigh to make her cry after telling them the baby was afraid of strangers and did not wish to be held by them.