A Miami court has arraigned a Polish man who doctors saved from death after he swallowed more than a pound of cocaine before boarding a flight at the Piarco International Airport for Miami.
Waldemar Wojtczak, 45, appeared in a Miami court this morning for the incident that occurred on September 4th.
Authorities say he collapsed in the Miami airport and was rushed to hospital where doctors removed half a kilo (more than a pound) of cocaine from his belly.
Surgeons found 53 small rubber sacks inside the stomach of Waldemar Wojtczak, 45, who nearly died from ingesting the narcotics.
The pellet-sized sacks were immediately handed over to Miami-Dade narcotics detectives, who had donned scrubs and witnessed the procedure inside the operating room at Hialeah Hospital.
Wojtczak has been formally charged with cocaine trafficking and the rare state charge of using commercial transport while committing a felony.
Authorities say the Polish national took a flight out of Trinidad and was on a lay-over in Miami before he was due to depart for Finland.
Wojtczak lingered for days in an intensive care unit, unable to pass the pellets, his health worsening.
Doctors rushed to perform surgery, with Miami-Dade narcotics detectives on hand to take custody of the pellets.
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