Police: Surgeons Remove 27 Bags of Heroin From Man

Police say a surgeon at a Massachusetts hospital removed 27 bags of heroin from a man who allegedly swallowed them to smuggle them into the United States. 

According to the Salem News, 51-year-old Miguel Rodriguez, of Lynn, faces drug trafficking charges. 

Police say they believe a bag broke open after Rodriguez returned from a visit to the Dominican Republic.  They say he checked into the North Shore Medical Center Salem Hospital experiencing symptoms of an overdose. 

Surgeons removed the bags from the man’s stomach, intestines and rectum during emergency surgery on Tuesday.  Salem police detectives watched and counted the bags. 

Rodriguez pleaded not guilty at his arraignment at the hospital Thursday. 

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