Now and then, a doctor will have an unusual shift. Recently, the doctors from a Salem hospital discovered that a patient was hiding 27 bags of heroin in his stomach and intestines after the patient came in to complain about food intoxication.
The police department from Salem, Massachusetts said a local hospital alerted them about a potential drug smuggler. According to their deportations, Miguel Rodriguez, a 51-year-old male patient, came into the ER room saying that he feel unwell.
Rodriguez told the physicians that he ate a lobster, and he thinks he might have food poisoning. But after the doctors consulted the patient, they came to realize that Rodriguez was no suffering from food poisoning, but of a drug overdose.
They’ve immediately administered Narcan, a compound used to treat the damaging effect of psychotropic substances. After they’ve given him Narcan, the doctors informed their patient about his condition and asked him again about his symptoms.
Rodriguez admitted he recently returned from a trip from the Dominican Republic where he acquired a lot of drugs. The doctors realized that the 51-year-old patient was actually a drug carrier (people smuggling drugs using their bodies).
The police department was immediately notified, and Rodriguez scheduled for immediate surgery. Before Rodriguez could be put under, a police officer had to be present in order to supervise the surgical intervention.
Upon performing the surgical intervention, the surgeons removed no less than 27 small bags containing a white powder. The bags were counted by the officer and sent to the pathology department.
The lab tests determined that the white powder was heroin and that the small bags contained approximately 163.4 grams of pure heroin. If the carrier had sold the merchandise, he would have earned up to 16.000 dollars.
On Thursday, Miguel Rodriguez appeared before a Court of Law. When asked about how he pleads for drug traffic, the culprit answered guilty. But the Court took into account the fact that Rodriguez is still recuperating from major surgery, and agree to set a bail for his release.
The bail was set at 500.000 dollars and no word yet if the bond was paid or not. Conrad Prosniewski, the Chief of Police said that Rodriguez is just one of many drug dealers caught over the last period. He also added that the police squad is doing everything they can to ensure that the merchandise doesn’t hit the streets.
Prosniewski also declared that since the beginning of 2016, Salem’s police department handled no less than 29 drug-related cases.