Police: Man passed heroin pellets at Phila. Airport

February 25, 2011 12:07:56 PM PST
A man from Nigeria is under arrest after officers say he passed 67 pellets filled with heroin at Philadelphia International Airport.

Clement Agbapu, 36, was arrested after the incident this past weekend.

Investigators say Agbapu arrived in Philadelphia from Nigeria after a layover in the U.K. at about 2:30 p.m on Friday, February 18th.

Officers allegedly detected "inconsistencies" in his answer to routine questions, and discovered his stomach to be distended.

He consented to an x-ray at a local hospital in which officers found something suspicious. The next morning, police say he passed the pellets of heroin.

The pellets contained a total of two pounds, 11 ounces of heroin worth an estimate $86,000.

Authorities say ingesting narcotics for concealment is highly dangerous, and carriers have been known to die a very painful death when pellets breach.

Agbapu faces charges including possession with intent to deliver. He is being held on $50,000 bail.