Friday, 17 August 2012

47 year old nigerian man arrested at US airport for ingesting 65 pellets of heroin

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A 47-year-old Nigerian man has been arrested and charged as a result of his alleged ingestion of 65 pellets containing approximately one kilogram of heroin, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today [Aug. 16].

The criminal complaint filed Monday, Aug. 13, indicates that on Aug. 10, Sunday Okechukwu Ogbonu, a citizen of Nigeria, arrived at Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston aboard Emirates flight 211 from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Ogbonu’s itinerary indicated he had traveled from Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Nigeria to Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates seven days prior. He was scheduled to return to Nigeria, by way of Dubai, departing Houston on Aug. 25.

Ogbonu was arrested Aug. 10 after Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers observed questionable behaviour by Ogbonu and believed him to be an internal drug courier.

He gave written consent to be taken to a medical facility for an x-ray, which allegedly revealed multiple pellets containing an unknown substance completely filling his stomach and intestines. He later expelled a pellet, the contents of which field tested positive for the presence of heroin.

Ogbonu remained under the care of medical professionals until he had passed all foreign bodies from his digestive tract and was medically discharged.

A court appearance has been scheduled in Houston.

The case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and CBP.

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