A hospital from Salem, Massachusetts, had a most unusual case to deal with involving a man who nearly died of drug overdose after ingesting no less than 27 bags of heroin. The Massachusetts police department reported that Miguel Rodriguez, a 51-year-old citizen of the Dominican Republic managed to smuggle in a large quantity of heroin by ingesting it.
Miguel Rodriguez, 51, reported to Salem’s local hospital, complaining that he was feeling sick after eating a lobster. After consulting the patient, the doctors believed that Rodriguez suffered from drugs intoxication and gave him Narcan.
The patient’s condition stabilized after taking Narcan. However, there was more to the story than it met the eye. Upon being questioned about his health, Rodriguez admitted he shortly returned from a most lucrative business trip in the Dominican Republic.
On his journey, the 51-year-old male acquired a large quantity of heroin, which he wanted to smuggle into the States. To make sure he passes airport security, Rodriguez packed the heroin into 27 bags and ingested them.
After hearing the patient’s confession, the doctors working on the case immediately alerted police department and to schedule Rodriguez to surgery. Moments later, the patient was anesthetized, and the police sent a unit to supervise the drug extraction procedure.
According to the agents’ affidavits, the surgeon managed to extract no less than 27 tightly-sealed bags from Rodriguez’s stomach, rectum and intestine. The police officers counted the drugs and took them to the hospital’s pathology department.
A search warrant was issued in Rodriguez’s name, and the police confiscated the illegal substances. The police counted no less than 27 bags of heroin, containing a total of 163.4 grams. Moreover, the police department pointed out that the street value of the drugs amounts to 16.000 dollars.
For his actions, Miguel Rodriguez was charged with drug trafficking on Thursday. When asked about his stance on the case, the perpetrator pleaded guilty as charged. However, since the culprit is currently recuperating in the hospital from major surgery, the Court has agreed to set a bail.
According to the Court, the bail for Rodriguez’s release has been set at 500.000 dollars. Captain Conrad Prosniewski, Salem’s Chief of Police declared that drug activity has increased in the last decade. Furthermore, the captain also pointed out that since the beginning of 2016, the police department handles no less than 29 OD cases, three of which were fatal.
Presently, the police are fighting son all fronts to makes sure that dangerous substances such as heroin do no reach the market, thus endangering the consumers.