Man accused of smuggling kilo of heroin in bowels

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by Associated Press

khou.com

Posted on August 17, 2012 at 12:07 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 17 at 6:39 PM

HOUSTON  -- A Nigerian man was arrested at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental after arriving in the country with two pounds of what tested positive for heroin hidden in his bowels.

Sunday Ogbonu remained in federal custody Thursday pending a detention hearing after his Sunday night arrest.

A federal affidavit says the 47-year-old man was taken to a nearby hospital, where he expelled about 65 latex pellets that tests later showed contained heroin.

Federal court records list no attorney for Ogbonu.

The Houston Chronicle reports this is the second time in recent weeks that a man had arrived in Houston from Africa after swallowing a shipment of heroin. The Chronicle reports a man from the East African nation of Tanzania was arrested in a similar case.

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