AN Ivory Coast woman was arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport today (Dec. 29) for attempting to smuggle several cocaine pellets, weighing altogether 1,260 grams, in her stomach, the Thai-language Matichon daily reported.
Thai anti-narcotics police together with Customs and Narcotics Control Board officials arrested the suspect, Mrs Isata Bakhayoka, 27, an Ivory Coast national, after she traveled here from Lagos in Nigeria, taking a connecting at Doha in Qatar, and finally changing flights in Phuket.
Upon noticing her suspicious behavior, police officers and the officials called her in for a check and an X-ray revealed that there were several oval pellets in her stomach.
A laxative led to 1,260 grams of cocaine emerging from her body.
Police said the suspect admitted that she was hired for US$3,000 to bring the drug to Thailand and give it to an African person in Pratunam area.
Police are further investigating this case with a check also showing that the suspect had traveled to Thailand 5 times previously.
Top: The cocaine pellets which came out of the suspect’s body. Photo: Matichon
In-text: An X-ray showing the cocaine pellets in the suspect’s stomach. Photo: Matichon