Smuggler Ingested 70 Heroin Packets: Complaint

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013  |  Updated 6:59 PM CDT
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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.

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