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Man accused of swallowing 60 pills to smuggle cocaine into China

Alleged drug smuggler with Afghan passport arrested at Urumqi international airport in Xinjiang, state media report

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 22 March, 2017, 2:27pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 22 March, 2017, 2:27pm

A man with an Afghan passport has been arrested at an airport in China for allegedly trying to smuggle in 60 tablets of cocaine, state media reported.

The man was held at Urumqi’s international airport in the Xinjiang region earlier this month after he had taken a flight from Kazakhstan, state television reported.

Customs officials spotted that he appeared to have tablets in his stomach after he went through an X-ray scan, the report said.

It took more than 30 hours for the pills coated in plastic to pass through his system.

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Customs first grew suspicious because the man was carrying few personal belongings and only US$500 in cash.

Another Afghan citizen who was due to pick up the drugs was arrested four days later, the report said.

Customs officials were quoted as saying that Xinjiang has became a main gateway for illicit drugs to flow into China from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran.