Man arrested with cocaine inside his stomach

August, 13/2019 - 14:48
A Senegalese man was arrested at Tân Sơn Nhất Airport for attempting to smuggle nearly 1.6kg of cocaine hidden inside his stomach.

 

Some of the cocaine pills taken from the man's stomach. — Photo courtesy of Tân Sơn Nhất Airport Customs.

HCM CITY — A Senegalese man was arrested at Tân Sơn Nhất Airport for attempting to smuggle nearly 1.6kg of cocaine hidden inside his stomach.

Airport customs authorities announced on Monday that the 39-year-old Senegalese national flew from Nigeria to Ethiopia and then Thailand before he was finally stopped in Việt Nam at the international airport in HCM City.

Customs officers requested a body screening after the man passed the immigration gateway, but he ardently refused.

The man was taken by force to a scanner, where the officers detected something unusual inside his stomach.

He was taken to 175 Military Hospital, where doctors later managed to retrieve 77 pills – each of which was of 1cm in diametre and 5cm long – out of his body. The contents of the pills tested positive for cocaine, weighing nearly 1.6kg in total.

Customs said that amount of cocaine was worth about VNĐ10 billion (US$434,700) on the black market.

Viet Nam is one of the strictest countries on drug trafficking as one can face death penalty if found to have smuggled at least 100mg of cocaine. — VNS

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