Customs officials at Vancouver International Airport say a woman returning to Canada had swallowed 51 condoms filled with heroin, the Times Colonist reports.
Agents detained the traveler, whose name was not released, on Nov. 6 on suspicion of carrying drugs. After a hospital X-ray revealed the heroin-filled condoms, known as “pellets,” doctors determined she had both ingested and inserted the drugs, according to the Calgary Herald.
Surgeons were able successfully remove the pellets, but experts say the woman would have died without medical intervention.
“Ingesting narcotics to evade detection is a practice that is extremely dangerous for the courier, regardless of how well the pellets are wrapped,” Nicole Goodman, chief of airside and special enforcement operations, said in a press release.
According to the release, the woman was the third internal drug smuggler caught at VIA in three days.