Drug smuggler arrested with kilo of cocaine in stomach

Customs officials at a Moscow airport have arrested a Colombian man accused of smuggling a record amount of cocaine inside his stomach.

The man was reportedly transporting over a kilo of cocaine to Hong Kong via Russia’s Sheremetievo-2 airport. The Colombian approached a customs officer and told him he was not feeling well and asked for medical help.

The officer suspected drug smuggling and the doctor tested the man for drugs, Rossyiskaya Gazeta newspaper reported. The Colombian was taken to a hospital where an x-ray showed that his stomach was packed with special containers filled with cocaine.

It turned out that the man was trying to transport 1148 grams of the drug in 86 containers. If sold, it could bring him over one million dollars, the newspaper reported.

To note, usually stomach drug smugglers do not swallow more than 600 grams.

This way of transporting is considered to be especially dangerous as it can kill the smuggler if stomach acids destroy the drug containers’ covers.

If found guilty, the man might face up to 20 years in a Russian prison.

He claims, however, that he was forced to smuggle drugs by the mafia, who promised to kill his family if he did not agree to participate.