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Polish man collapses at Miami airport after swallowing 53 pellets of cocaine

October 19, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Polish man collapses at Miami airport after swallowing 53 pellets of cocaine

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A Polish man was rushed to the hospital after he collapsed in the middle of Miami International Airport. Soon after, doctors managed to remove half a kilogram of cocaine from his abdomen.

In total, surgeons discovered and removed 53 small rubber bags inside of 45-year-old Waldemar Wojtczak’s stomach, who almost died from swallowing the illicit drugs.

The pellet-sized bags were directly handed over to Miami-Dade narcotics investigators, who were watching the procedure inside of the O.R. at Hialeah Hospital.

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A Polish national collapsed after ingesting 53 cocaine-filled pellets at Miami Airport

Wojtczak has stabilized and was officially charged on Monday with cocaine trafficking and using commercial transport while committing a felony. Through the utilization of an interpreter, he pleaded not guilty.

Airline passengers who swallow drugs, usually from Latin America who are termed “drug mules,” are far from new in Florida, although detectives believe that their use has decreased in recent years.

However, Wojtczak is an unusual case. The Polish native, who does not speak English, was on a flight from Trinidad and had a layover in Miami before boarding his connecting flight to Finland.

The man collapsed after arriving on flight from Europe

The man collapsed after arriving on flight from Europe

Passport records revealed that he had made similar trips before from Poland, according to Miami-Dade Detective Kiriakos Beruty.

He dropped at the airport back on September 4th and was raced to the hospital. Despite the language barrier, he was able to inform a doctor that he ingested cocaine, McClatchy DC reported.

Wojtczak was in the intensive care unit for days and was unable to pass the pellets of cocaine, causing his health to deteriorate. Doctors rushed to surgically remove them, with Miami-Dade narcotics investigators present to seize the drugs.

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