Cocaine Smuggler Swallowed Drugs

This CT scan reveals reddish capsules that are intertwined through out this man's intestines.  The 72 capsules are filled with almost a kilogram of cocaine.  The man was arrested in Sao Paolo, Brazil, as he was getting ready to board a flight to Brussels.  He was an Irish guy and he was taken to the hospital for removal of the baggies.  We don't know how they were removed but usually they are expelled with laxatives.

If one of the capsules ruptures it can be life threatening to the "human mule".  Last week a Colombian woman, Sorlinda Vega,  died in a New Zealand hospital after a bag of cocaine burst in her body.

Approximately 5 people a day are arrested for drug smuggling in San Paolo International Airport.  The airport has connections to 53 countries.


Anonymous said…
He is not Irish. He's a Nigerian national who was travelling on a forged Irish passport.
Toni Brayer, MD said…
Anon: Thanks for the update. Your sources are better than mine.
Nikko Marasigan said…
omg! 1kg of cocaine per capsule? if that burst out hello death to you.
Liz said…
What astonishing pictures, Toni! And 5 people a day just in San Francisco? and those are just the ones who are caught.
Toni Brayer, MD said…
Liz, it's 5 people a day in Sao Paulo. (Columbia, the cocaine start point for the world).
chrissoup said…
I can hardly wait until you write another post with a different picture! (How about kittens?)
KM said…
This post reminds me of a movie I saw a few years ago called "Maria full of Grace" about young teen and twenty year old women being drug mules. It was shocking and sad but a real eye opener to what goes on in that world.
Toni Brayer, MD said…
chrisoup: OK I'll try to write one tonight. I can't promise kittens

KM: Nice to see your comments re-appear!
Quite helpful piece of writing, thanks so much for your post.

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