Sunday, 47, Arrested In US With 65 Wraps of Heroin In Stomach

Nigerian, 47, Arrested In US With 65 Wraps of Heroin In Stomach

A Nigerian, Sunday Okechukwu Ogbonu, has been arrested and charged in the United States for allegedly ingesting 65 pellets of heroin totaling about one kilogram (2.2 pounds).

This was announced by the US Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas. Ogbonu arrived at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas on Friday, August 10, aboard Emirates flight 211 from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

His itinerary indicated he had travelled from Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos to Dubai International Airport seven days earlier. He had a scheduled return flight to Nigeria August 25 via Dubai.

Ogbonu was arrested that Friday after US drug officers observed questionable behavior and believed he may be an internal drug courier. He gave written consent to be taken to a medical facility for an X-ray, which revealed multiple pellets containing an unknown substance and completely filled his stomach and intestines. He later expelled a pellet, the contents of which field tested positive for the presence of heroin.

Ogbonu remained under the care of medical professionals until he had passed all the pellets from his digestive tract; then he was medically discharged. He appeared before US Magistrate Judge Nancy Johnson on Thursday August 16.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bertram Isaacs, Southern District of Texas, is prosecuting the case.

In the US, a criminal complaint is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.
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