State Customs Service of Ukraine

A drug trafficking attempt was prevented at the Boryspil Airport near Kyiv where customs operatives exposed a classic "drug mule", the passenger who had swallowed capsules filled with the narcotic substance to transport it across the border.

The perpetrator, 45, a national of an EU member state, arrived from one of the EU countries and tried to pass through a green lane at customs.

Citing "serious doubts about his law-abidingness", customs officials took the passenger for an inspection, which extended to an abdominal cavity scan.

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Following a medical extraction routine, which lasted for 19 hours, customs operatives saw a total of 91 capsules filled by cocaine, with a net weight of 1,070.29 grams.

The perpetrator is facing criminal charges for drug trafficking.