Two Instagram influencers from the US are facing federal charges after authorities found them with $3 million in cocaine hidden in their SUV.
The women, Racquelle Dolores Anteola, 34, and Melissa Dufour, 36, were driving on Interstate 10 in Mobile County, Alabama, when they were stopped by a sheriff’s deputy for a traffic violation on June 1.
Anteola is a singer and rapper who goes by Rahky on Instagram and has over 119,000 followers. Dufour is a fitness model and the founder of a clothing brand called Sexy Sweats, with 11,000 followers on Instagram.
The women told the police that they had met in Miami and then went to Houston for a house party where they drank a lot of alcohol. They were on their way to Atlanta when they were pulled over. A K-9 unit detected drugs in their vehicle, which led to a search by the officers.
The police discovered 84 bundles of cocaine weighing 216 pounds in total under the floorboards of their black Ford Expedition. The vehicle had been modified to create secret compartments for storing the drugs. The cocaine was worth $3 million.
The women were arrested by the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Border Patrol. They are charged with possession with intent to distribute drugs and face at least 10 years in prison if convicted.
This incident comes after another woman was caught in South Carolina trying to smuggle illegal drugs under a fake rubber belly. The woman had taped three pounds of cocaine to herself and pretended to be pregnant.