The 20-year-old Irishman was noticed by security officers behaving suspiciously. His continued nervous behaviour eventually warranted further investigation.
Officers took the man to Santa Misericordia Hospital where the illegal drugs were discovered in an x-ray image of his stomach. A closer look at his intestines revealed the cache of cocaine, which weighed over 830 grams.
Brazilian police have released photographs of the x-ray's
, which clearly shows the individual capsules.
The Independent reported
the man was detained as he attempted to board a plane at Sao Paolo's Congonhas airport, with a final destination of Brussels. He faces up to 15 years in jail for attempting to smuggle the drugs, said
to be worth around 150,000 euros ($206,780).
According to the Independent
five people are arrested for drug smuggling each day at the Sao Paolo International Airport, "which is known as the main exit point for drug mules bringing cocaine from South America to the rest of the world."
Swallowing drugs is a common method utilized by narcotics dealers to smuggle drugs. In New Zealand a woman serving as a 'drug mule' died
last week when one of the 26 cocaine filled condom-like bags she swallowed burst inside her stomach. Doctors attempted to resuscitate her but she failed to survive.