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53 sacks of cocaine found in stomach of collapsed Polish man

53 sacks of cocaine found in stomach of collapsed Polish man
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UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 01: Cocaine is an alkaloid substance which exists in the leaves of the coca plant, which is native to Peru and other South American countries. Indigenous South American peoples, including the Incas, chewed coca leaves to alleviate hunger and fatigue. Synthetically produced cocaine was the first local anaesthetic to be used, but was replaced by other drugs as it was found to be addictive. Cocaine is used illegally as a recreational drug as it acts on the central nervous system inducing feelings of euphoria. (Note: castor sugar has been used as a substitute for cocaine in this picture.) (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)

53 sacks of cocaine found in stomach of collapsed Polish man

A Polish man collapsed at Miami International Airport in September and was rushed to the hospital where detectives said doctors found 53 sacks filled with cocaine in his stomach. 

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The Miami Herald reports Waldemar Wojtczak, 45, was formally charged on Monday with cocaine trafficking and using commercial transport while committing a felony. Authorities said he had been flying to Finland from Trinidad with a layover in Miami when he fell ill on Sept. 4. 

In the hospital, detectives said. 53 small rubber sacks filled with cocaine were recovered from his stomach. Their contents totaled nearly half a kilo of the narcotic. Wojtczak spoke little English, but told the doctor that he had “ingested cocaine” while being taken to the hospital, the Herald added. 

The Miami Herald reports Wojtczak “lingered for days in an intensive care unit” as he was unable to pass the pellets, which caused him health problems. He pleaded not guilty on Monday. 

Read more at the Miami Herald.

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