Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Irish man held in Brazil over drugs

A CAT scan showing bags loaded with cocaine inside the body of a man arrested at Sao Paulo airport (AP)

Brazilian police said an Irish man has been arrested with nearly two pounds of cocaine in his gut.

Police identified the 20-year-old suspect only by his initials, PBK.

Investigators said in a news release that he tried to board a flight in Sao Paulo, bound for Brussels. Officers became suspicious because the man appeared nervous. When questioned, he admitted he had swallowed capsules of cocaine.

He was taken to a hospital, where he expelled 72 capsules containing 1.8lb (830g) of the drug.

The hospital released a CT scan showing the man filled with oval-shaped capsules.

He was arrested and is being held on suspicion of international drug trafficking. If found guilty, he faces five to 15 years in prison.