Ever since the drug abuse problem was declared a national threat, and terrorism started making its way towards the United States, airport security is stricter than ever. They turn you around if they don’t like the looks of your perfume bottle or if the specially trained dogs growl a little in your presence. Security being on high alert, drug lords have to get inventive when it comes to shipping their product in the United States.
And because imagination was always a high point in the case of drug dealers, they quickly found a method of bypassing security; they just forced the product movers to swallow the goods and then retrieve them once they are safe on US territory.
But this kind of solutions are rarely viable. Even if it would be pretty hard to X-ray every single individual crossing the border, they often give themselves out by either doing something wrong or by being cheated on by their own body.
The latter happened to Miguel Rodriguez. The man just returned from a Dominican Republic vacation when he started to feel sick. He went to the Salem Hospital and reported that he was feeling ill because of a lobster he ate at lunch.
But the food poisoning excuse was not at all convincing for the doctors because Rodriguez’s symptoms were consistent with those of an overdose. To be sure that their diagnosis was, indeed correct, the physicians administered Narcan to the patient.
Surprisingly enough, after being given the pill, the man started feeling better. At that point, the doctors decided to confront Rodriguez in order to learn the real cause of his sickness. The man confessed that he was, in fact not a tourist, but a mule for the local drug dealers.
Furthermore, he admitted to swallowing a considerable amount of opioid substances in order to get them across the border. The doctors called the police, and two detectives assisted the man’s surgery.
The report said that 27 bags of cocaine and heroin bags were ingested by a smuggler. The inconvenience was that one of the drug bags burst during transportation and the man starting experiencing an overdose.
Rodriguez now faces criminal charges and will be sent to prison as soon as he gets discharged. The approximate value of the drugs on the street was of $16.000.
The man pleaded guilty and is expecting trial.
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