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Man caught at Mexico City airport with cocaine in stomach

March 10, 2015

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say they have detained a man at Mexico City’s airport who carried 52 capsules of cocaine in his stomach.

According to a statement from the National Security Commission, the man arrived on a flight from Lima, Peru, on Tuesday and was acting nervously at baggage claim.

When interviewed, he complained of abdominal pain and admitted to ingesting the latex capsules. He was taken to a Mexico City hospital where he passed the drugs under medical supervision and in front of investigators.

The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime says Peru is the world’s No. 1 cultivator of coca leaf. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration lists it as the world’s biggest cocaine producer.

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