NEWS FIX — Man Swallows 110 Cocaine Packets Before Thailand to Australia Flight — Sept. 8
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Investigators homed in on the leader of the organization and, with international assistance, were able to discover the 1,984 pounds of cocaine hidden in the banana shipment, which moved from a Spanish port in Algeciras to the fruit company’s warehouse.
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CNN: Man Takes 9-Hour Flight After Swallowing 110 Cocaine Packets
A 48-year-old Australian man recently admitted to authorities he was smuggling 2.4 pounds of cocaine in his stomach shortly after his flight landed from Thailand, reports CNN.
The man, who lives in Thailand, told police about his internal cargo after passing a baggage examination at a Sydney Airport.
He was later taken into custody, where he passed 46 pellets containing nearly a pound of cocaine. Police then took the man to the hospital, where another 64 pellets were removed, according to the article.
Australian Border Force Organized Crime Branch Acting Commander Lesley Dayton said the strange incident showed the “dangerous” lengths people will go to smuggle drugs.
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