24/07/2009 Women Arrested Carrying Heroin Internally
A 32-year-old South African woman has been charged with importing heroin into Australia.
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The woman had swallowed 124 "pellets" (latex bags, usually condoms) filled with heroin, amounting to about 1/2 a kilo of the drug.
This method of smuggling, called "body-packing", is highly dangerous; if one of the pellets breaks, it is usually rapidly fatal to the carrier.
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