NAIROBI (AA) – A Nigerian man was arrested on Wednesday in Kenyan capital Nairobi after packets of illegal drugs – which he had earlier inserted through his rectum – burst in his stomach, a senior Kenyan police official has said.
The Nigerian, who was transiting through Nairobi en route to Dubai from Lagos, was staying at a Libyan-owned five-star hotel in the Kenyan capital.
“The documents we have indicate that he is Nigerian,” Khamis Massa, Kenya’s anti-narcotic unit chief, told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.
“By the time he arrived at the Laico Regency from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the man fell unconscious and had to be rushed to hospital,” said Massa.
Doctors at the Kenyatta National Hospital who tried to save the Nigerian man’s life were reportedly shocked to find that the man had several pellets of drugs in his stomach, which he had inserted through his rectum.
“According to the doctors, two pellets had burst in his stomach. They found more of the drug hidden further in his rectum,” Massa said.
Doctors eventually managed to remove all the pellets, said to have been made from condom latex, thus saving the would-be drug trafficker’s life.
Police have confirmed that the recovered drug tested positive for heroine, but remained uncertain as to its street value.
The man, believed to be in his forties, is now in police custody at Kenyatta National Hospital awaiting arraignment in court.
Kenya has become a preferred transit route for drug traffickers seeking access to markets in Europe and the U.S.
Last week, Kenyan police recovered a consignment of heroin – said to be worth some $2.5 million – from an Iranian-flagged ship in the port of Mombasa.
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