A Nigerian man was arrested at Dulles Airport Saturday for allegedly trying to smuggle more than three pounds of heroin into the United States concealed in pellets in his digestive system, authorities said.
Rasheed Adewale Martins, 54, expelled 97 thumb-sized packages of heroin with a street value of about $100,000 after he was detained, according to Customs and Border Protection officials.
Officers became suspicious of Martins during an interview after he arrived on a flight from Paris, officials said. An x-ray confirmed Martins had unusual objects in his stomach and intestines.
Martins was arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigation officers, according to officials. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia is prosecuting Martins.
Martins’ arrest is the third at Dulles in as many months of someone accused of concealing drugs in ingested pellets. Two other Nigerian men, Edobor Okenwa, 45, and Yomade Aborishade, 46, were arrested this spring after they allegedly expelled 88 and 100 packages of heroin, respectively, officials said.
Those packets weighed a combined seven pounds and had a street value of about $250,000, police said.