The woman was carrying $140,000: more than 50% inside her stomach. FBI

Officials in the Dominican Republic say they have arrested a woman who was carrying more than $70,000 (£43,500) in her stomach, and another $69,000 (£43,000) hidden inside her suitcase.

The spokesman for the Caribbean country's National Drug Control Agency said the woman was carrying the money in 16 capsules inside her stomach. The cash is likely to be tied to drug trafficking, he added.

Spokesman Dario Medrano said Friday that the 40-year-old woman was arrested at Punta Cana international airport, in the popular tourist resort of Punta Cana. She had arrived on a flight from Brussels. Her name has not been released.

Dominican authorities say this is the first time they have arrested someone who was smuggling money in their stomach.