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Nigerian caught at Bratislava airport allegedly smuggling drugs

A man from Nigeria who was allegedly smuggling almost 750 grams of a cocaine-like substance in his stomach was detained late on the evening of June 9 at the Bratislava Airport after he had flown in from Prague. The substance was confirmed by the head of the Customs Directorate, Martina Kereková, for the ČTK newswire.

A man from Nigeria who was allegedly smuggling almost 750 grams of a cocaine-like substance in his stomach was detained late on the evening of June 9 at the Bratislava Airport after he had flown in from Prague. The substance was confirmed by the head of the Customs Directorate, Martina Kereková, for the ČTK newswire.

The man was brought to a hospital where he excreted about 70 capsules with the cocaine-like substance. The alleged smuggler, 34, from Nigeria, with a long-term residency permit in Slovakia arrived about 23:00 on June 9, evoked suspicion and was taken to Ružinov hospital for examination. His health and maybe even life were in danger in the event the capsules broke.

“So far, he excreted 70 capsules containing a white crystal substance resembling cocaine,” the hospital spokesperson said, adding that in total the capsules weighed approximately 700 grams and the contents had not yet been identified.

The police have not commented on the case so far, the Sme daily wrote on its website. The man faces possible prosecution for the crime of illegal drug production, possession, and trafficking and a possible sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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