Woman swallows 51 heroin-filled condoms, undergoes surgery

Condoms, needles, pipes, screens and other drug paraphernalia.

Credits: Blair Gable, Ottawa Sun/QMI AGENCY


VANCOUVER -- A woman suspected in a heroin-smuggling scheme was detained at Vancouver airport Nov. 6 and had to undergo life-saving surgery after X-rays detected drug-packed condoms in her system.

The unidentified woman had 51 condoms, suspected to contain heroin, removed from her system.

“Physicians said that without medical attention the traveller would have died,” the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) said in a statement. “Ingesting narcotics to evade detection is a practice that is extremely dangerous for the courier, regardless of how well the pellets are wrapped.”

Her arrest was the third made by the CBSA last week for ingested drugs after two travellers, reported to be teens, were also taken to hospital several days previous for “poorly packaged” methamphetamine leaking inside their bodies.

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