Brazilian swallows Rs. 14mn worth cocaine

A 30-year-old Brazilian drug smuggler who swallowed 66 pellets of cocaine worth over Rs.14 million, in an attempt to get through security officials was nabbed by the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake.

The PNB officers after receiving information that a foreign drug smuggler was attempting to smuggle cocaine into the country, arrested the suspect who arrived at BIA on Saturday night on a flight from Qatar, the Police Spokespersons Office said.

Following questioning the officers learned that the suspect had concealed the cocaine capsules by swallowing them.

The suspect after being admitted to the Negombo Base Hospital was subjected to a medical examination and later 66 cocaine pellets weighing over 500 grams were extracted from his stomach by yesterday morning, the police said.

The arrested suspect is to be produced before the Negombo Magistrate Court. 

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