Police find bag containing 44 diamonds up man's anus during routine traffic stop
Police officers in Albuquerque, New Mexico noticed that one motorist was driving without a license plate on Sunday, April 27. So, they pulled over the motorcyclist for a routine traffic stop, at which point things took a turn for the bizarre.
The 23-year-old Eusebio Padilla was found to have a knife about his person, prompting him to be placed in handcuffs. It was then that he was observed removing a small bag from his anal cavity. Officer Daniel DeGraff found the bag he had placed on the ground, discovering that there were 44 diamonds inside.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, Padilla quickly admitted to owning the diamonds and a variety of other things.
He said that the diamonds were likely stolen, as he had obtained them from a relative who "usually has stolen items," and also admitted that it had been his intention to sell these diamonds for drugs.
"Based on the uncommon behavior of concealing diamonds in packaging commonly used to store narcotics, and concealing it in his butt cavity, and the attempt to get rid of the item, it was apparent to me that Padilla must have known the baggy of diamonds was stolen," a criminal complaint read, filed in Metropolitan Court by Officer DeGraff.
This news gained some serious attention once it spread across local news stations and eventually the internet, leading to an expert speaking on the precious stones themselves. Expert jeweller Lonnie Schroeder spoke to KOB 4 recently, and estimated that the value of the diamonds found in Mr. Padilla could be in the tens of thousands.
"I’ll give you an example. If they’re a half carat, that can start as low as $500 and go up as high as $7,000 to $8,000 depending on quality of the stone," he said. "So, speculating, that was a lot of value I’ll bet. Probably tens of thousands. The first thing that comes to mind is a smuggler."
Padilla has been booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center, and will now face various charges, including tampering with evidence, receiving stolen property, in addition to some traffic violations.
The actual value of the diamonds has not been revealed yet.