| CURITIBA, Brazil – On Thursday, one day after its introduction, a Body Scan machine at Foz do Iguaçu International Airport has assisted police in identifying a drug mule. Federal Police (PF) caught red-handed a 32-year-old Paraguayan man trying to board a flight to Spain with 60 capsules of cocaine hidden in his digestive tract.
Federal agents approached the suspect when he tried to board a flight to the city of Malaga, Spain. The PF were suspicious of the individual because of his nervous demeanor, which lead them to use the Body Scan machine which clearly showed the capsules inside the man’s body.
Police then took the man to a city hospital where the Paraguayan underwent an MRI scan which confirmed the presence of approximately 60 capsules in his stomach. Under interrogation, the suspect admitted to swallowing the capsules in Ciudad del Este (Paraguay). The PF estimate that the total weight of the drug at 1.5 kg (about 53 ounces).
After release from the hospital, the man will be further interrogated and will be held in Brazil pending resolution of the case. If convicted at trial, the man faces five to 15 years imprisonment and a fine.
Brazilian online news source for this article: terra.com.br