Police arrested a man smuggling more than a kilogram of cocaine that he had swallowed at Phnom Penh International Airport on Thursday along with an alleged accomplice.
The two Nigerian nationals, Anthony Okafor Ifeanyi and Paschal Adibe, who are both in their 30s, were apprehended after disembarking a flight from the United Arab Emirates via Vietnam at about 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, according to police.
“We look at their face—we can know [they are carrying drugs], and we brought them for scans and found it and got it out,” said Khieu Saman, director of the Interior Ministry`s anti-drug trafficking department.
X-rays of the pair revealed a vast number of suspicious objects inside Mr. Okafor Ifeanyi’s stomach, and he was eventually found to have been carrying 70 wiener-sized pellets of cocaine wrapped in plastic skins, Mr. Saman said.
“Generally, some of the drugs would be distributed inside the country and some would be transferred to neighboring countries like Thailand,” he said.
Mr. Okafor Ifeanyi was found to be carrying a total of 1,039.1 grams of cocaine, a statement on the National Police website said.