The surgeons from a hospital in Salem, Massachusetts were recently faced with the difficult task of removing no less than 27 bags filled with heroin from a man’s intestines, stomach and rectum. The smuggler nearly died from his experience, and thus, his trickery was uncovered.
As the police department of Massachusetts has reported, the man in question is Miguel Rodriguez, a Dominican Republic citizen of 51 years. Rodriguez ingested this incredible amount of heroin in order to smuggle it in the United States.
It appears the smuggler reported to the hospital that eating a lobster made him feel sick. After the first consultation had taken place, the doctors gave him Narcan, as they believed he was intoxicated with drugs.
Subsequently, his condition stabilized. However, upon further questioning Rodriguez about his health, he informed the doctors that he had recently returned from an apparent business trip to the Dominican Republic. The “business” trip consisted of him smuggling 27 bags of heroin into the U.S. To do so, he had to ingest them in order to bypass airport security.
His confession led doctors to contact the police department. Rodriguez was scheduled to go through urgent surgery. The whole extraction of the drugs was supervised by a special police unit. The surgeon ended up extracting 27 sealed bags from the man’s intestines, stomach and rectum, which were after counted by the police officers and taken to the pathology department of the hospital.
The police then issued a search warrant for Rodriguez’s house. The whole quantity of heroin found is of 163.4 grams, street valued at no less than an astounding $16,000. Rodriguez ended up charged with drug trafficking, and he pleaded guilty in court. However, he was granted a bail because he is still recuperating in hospital after the complicated surgery. The bail was set at $500,000 by the court.
As the Chief of Police in Salem has pointed out, smuggling rates have increased over the last decade, so the case of Miguel Rodriguez’s case is surely not singular. Since January 2016, the police officers have tackled more than 20 OD cases, out of which three of them were fatal.
At the moment, the police are making efforts of both preventing smuggling, but also resolving such cases when the drugs have already reached American soil.
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