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article imageMexican man arrested with cocaine inside his body

By John Sevigny     Mar 6, 2015 in Crime
San Salvador - A Mexican man was arrested at El Salvador's main airport with liquid cocaine hidden in his digestive tract, news organizations reported.
Antonio de Jesus Garcia Martinez, identified by federal police in El Salvador as a Mexican national, had more than a kilo of cocaine when he was caught at the country's Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport.
The drug was discovered in dozens of smaller packages, some of them hidden in Garcia's crotch area and the rest in his "digestive tract," the San Salvador-based newspaper Prensa Grafica reported.
With a total land area of less than 23,000 square kilometers, El Salvador is one of the smallest countries in Latin America/
But its location makes it a natural land bridge connecting the cocaine producing nations of the Andes with Mexico and the rest of North America. Arrests of people smuggling the drug by air, however, are not common.
"The two main modes of transport are by land and sea," according to Insight Crime, an organization that reports on security issues in the region. "By land the drugs enter via the Fonseca Gulf area, from the main highways throughout the porous and poorly protected border, or via "blind spots" along that same border."
Police said the drugs that Garcia, 32, allegedly carried had a value of $25,000. Law enforcement officials did not report the suspect's planned destination, or his original point of departure.
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