Smuggler Ingested 70 Heroin Packets: Complaint | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Smuggler Ingested 70 Heroin Packets: Complaint



    U.S. customs agents in North Texas have arrested a man they say tried to smuggle more than 2 pounds of heroin by ingesting small packets of the drug.

    A federal complaint says Walter Lippmann-Avilez swallowed 70 packets with the intention of transporting them to New York. He flew into Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport from Mexico City on Saturday and was questioned about his travel plans.

    Agents became suspicious when Lippmann-Avilez said he intended to purchase two vehicles and export them to Guatemala, despite having only $1,200 on him.

    He later admitted to agents that he was to be paid $75 for each packet he delivered.

    Lippmann-Avilez was taken to a hospital where the packets were recovered.

    Todd Durden, his court-appointed attorney, declined to comment.