Macao police seize heroin worth 187,500 USD

08:25, April 22, 2011      

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Macao police has nabbed a Tanzanian drug swallower as he arrived at Macao International Airport carrying 100 latex balloons filled with heroin worth 1.5 million patacas (187,500 U.S. dollars) in his gastrointestinal tract, the Macao Post Daily reported on Thursday.

The newspaper quoted a spokesperson of Judiciary Police as saying that the suspect, surnamed Salum, was stopped upon his arrival in Macao on Monday, and was taken by police to the hospital where an X-ray check showed a number of what appeared to be capsules, which were later found to be filled with heroin, in his stomach.

Drug swallowers are also known in police jargon as swallowers or internal carriers. The "balloons" containing drugs usually consist of multilayered condoms, rubber gloves or hollow pellets.

The suspect later excreted a total of 100 heroin "latex balloons" weighing 1.4 kg, which was estimated to have a street value of 1.5 million patacas.

The suspect told interrogators that the drugs were given to him in Kuala Lumpur last Friday and that he was given 5,000 U.S. dollars in cash before departing for Macao, according to the spokesman.

A day after his arrest, a female accomplice who was supposed to receive the drugs was apprehended by the police.

The two suspects are both in custody while the case has been passed to the public prosecution for further investigation and possible arraignment on drug-trafficking charges.

Source: Xinhua
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