Woman Dressed As Nun Was Trafficking Drugs Hidden Under Her Habit, Police Say

“You can see they will use any means to try to conceal what they are doing,” Sheriff Mark Lamb said of the Arizona couple's attempt to traffic $90,000 worth of fentanyl. 

By Jill Sederstrom

A woman dressed as a nun holding a Bible in her lap was allegedly caught trafficking fentanyl with her husband in Arizona, law enforcement authorities said.

Esther Gomez De Aguilar and her husband, Jose Aguilar Diaz, were arrested Monday on suspicion of trafficking more than eight pounds of fentanyl after being pulled over during a traffic stop around 2 p.m., according to a statement from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.

A K-9 deputy who made the stop noticed several unusual circumstances and decided to search the vehicle. The deputy allegedly found four bundles of suspected fentanyl pills in De Aguilar’s purse and another two bundles of suspected fentanyl powder hidden under her clothing. She was wearing a nun’s costume at the time.

“You can see they will use any means to try to conceal what they are doing,” Sheriff Mark Lamb said. “Fentanyl is extremely dangerous. All it takes is the equivalent of 4-5 grains the size of sand to kill you. This is another win for the K-9 deputies and we thank them for their efforts in keeping our community and Arizona safe.”

Esther Gomez De Aguilar And Jose Aguilar Diaz

The couple allegedly had a total of 8.5 pounds of fentanyl on them when they were stopped, the sheriff’s office said. The synthetic opioids in their possession had an estimated value of $90,000, The Arizona Republic reports.

They each are facing charges of possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics for sale, and transportation of narcotics for sale.

The couple is being held at the Pinal County Adult Detention Center.

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