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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Brazil police catch Irishman with 1kg drugs in stomach

A YOUNG Irishman has been caught attempting to smuggle 1kg of cocaine out of Brazil in his stomach.

The 20-year-old was arrested in Congonhas Airport, in the south of Sao Paulo, as he tried to board a domestic flight to Rio de Janeiro.

The man, known as 'PKB', was headed for Brussels, in Belgium via Lisbon in Portugal, where he could have sold his 830 grams of cocaine for as much as €132,800.

Brazilian police officers became suspicious of the Irish native as he queued up nervously for his flight in Sao Paulo on Monday.

They took him to an interview room where he confessed that he had swallowed the 72 capsules.

He was then taken to the Santa Misericordia Hospital where he expelled the pellets.

According to the latest World Drug Report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, cocaine sold in Europe at wholesale value is worth €60 per gram or nearly €50,000 for 830g.

However, the street price of pure cocaine is far higher as it is not sold pure, and 830g cocaine can be expected to be sold at street value for €132,800 -- or €160 per gram.

The young Irishman who is yet to be identified, could now face up to 15 years in jail if he is convicted of international drug trafficking.

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