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Russian Surgeon ‘Takes His Cut’ of Drugs Retrieved From Mule

A Russian surgeon was recently summoned by police in the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk to remove drugs from the stomach of a captured drug mule. This in itself is not so unusual given the creative ways that drug mules have taken to stashing their contraband. What is unusual, is that in this case the doctor seems to have taken some of the drugs for himself.

In a statement released August 13, 2013, Russian police said that the removal procedure was successful and that the surgeon retrieved an unspecified amount of heroin from the individual’s stomach.

Soon after the procedure, however, investigators noticed that not all of the heroin was accounted for.

They caught up with the unnamed surgeon, who was reportedly under the influence of narcotics at the time, and found five grams of the missing heroin on him. He was arrested and faces 15 years in prison for charges relating to the illegal possession of narcotics.

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