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Here’s What One Kilogram of Cocaine Looks Like Inside a Human Stomach

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Brazilian police have released X-ray images of a 20-year-old Irishman arrested at Congonhas airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on September 12. The kid was stopped while trying to board a flight outbound for Lisbon, Portugal, en route to Brussels with 72 bags of cocaine inside his intestines. Police said the bags totaled about one kilogram of coke. Take a gander at this haul:

MSNBC has a bit of background:

Police were alerted after authorities noticed his nervous behavior, according to media reports. They said the drugs would have been worth around 150,000 euros ($206,780).

The man, who has only been identified as P.B.B., was reportedly taken to a hospital where the capsules, weighing a total of about two pounds, were removed from his body. It was unclear how this was achieved.

He has been charged with international drug trafficking and could be jailed for up to 15 years, the Independent said.

It’s hard to determine what’s more impressive: the act of swallowing 72 drug capsules or the high resolution and clarity of the colorized X-ray renderings.

Seriously, when did X-rays start looking that pretty? Has this been a thing for a while now, or is this a new development in the medical community? Any X-ray technicians care to weigh in?

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