LIMA – A 21-year-old Lithuanian citizen died in Lima when a capsule of cocaine broke open in his stomach shortly before he would have attempted to board a flight to Spain, Peruvian anti-drug police said.
According to police officials, the dead man, identified only by the initials P.G.L., had 100 capsules of the illegal substance in his stomach – one of the drug mules’ favorite smuggling methods.
Police said that the man had been staying with a friend, also a Lithuanian, at a hotel near the airport, where he swallowed the cocaine capsules.
After noting that something was wrong with his companion, the other Lithuanian took the victim to the hospital, where the latter’s death was certified and his friend was nabbed for drug trafficking.
The smuggler’s body remains in the morgue at El Callao.
Arrests of drug mules are common in Peru, where the law sentences them for up to 6 years in jail if there are no other aggravating factors, and they can be let out on parole in two years if they make a “sincere confession.”
Peru has been the world’s leading producer of coca leaf, the raw material of cocaine, since topping Colombia in 2009, according to U.N. figures, and analysts suspect that it might also have become the No. 1 producer of cocaine, though no figures are available to prove it. EFE