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Doc, It Must Have Been Something I Ate

Bali Custom's Officer Arrest Sierra Leone Man Carrying Half-Kilo of Heroin in His Stomach.

(1/19/2004) Custom's Officer at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport arrested a 31-year-old Sierra Leone citizen attempting to smuggle 462 grams of heroin into the Country concealed in his stomach.

According to local press reports, police became suspicious of Mr. Emmanuel O. Ihejerika when they questioned him about his frequent visits to Bali after arriving on a Malaysian Airline flight from Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, January 14, 2004.

Claiming to be a food and vitamin supplement salesman, the officers became even more wary when the tourist seemed to have no practical knowledge when asked about the types of health products he sold. Later, when drug detection dogs became very agitated whenever they got near the man, Customs Officials took Mr. Ikerjerika to the nearby Bali International Medical Center where x-rays showed a number of foreign objects lodged in the man's stomach.

The subsequent administration of a strong laxatives produced 31 capsules of heroin, each weighing approximately 14 grams, with a total street value estimated at US$ 49,000.

Prosecutors are now preparing formal charges against the man who faces a possible death sentence if convicted of smuggling narcotics into Indonesia.