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NCJ Number: 158018 Find in a Library
Title: Vaginal Smuggling of Illicit Drug: A Case Requiring Obstetric Forceps for Removal of the Drug Container
Journal: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology  Volume:171  Issue:3  Dated:(November 1994)  Pages:1385-1387
Author(s): F Benjamin; A J Guillaume; L P Chao; G A Jean
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 3
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Noting that the human body has often been used as a site for the smuggling of illicit drugs, this paper reports a case in which the vagina was used and in which removal of the package containing the drug required the use of obstetric drugs.
Abstract: In nearly all cases the gastrointestinal tract is the anatomic site for concealing the drugs. In one previous report, the vagina was used and the individual died. In this case, a 19-year-old woman arrested by customs officials at Kennedy Airport in New York for suspected cocaine smuggling was referred to a New York hospital. Roentgenography of the pelvis revealed a large density located in the upper vagina. The woman admitted having placed a cocaine-filled package in her vagina before boarding the plane to New York. Manual efforts to dislodge and remove the large package from the vagina were unsuccessful. Therefore, a small Elliot forceps was applied in a manner similar to that for a direct occipitoanterior fetal head, and gentle traction permitted the object's removal. The dimensions of the package were 16 cm by 10 cm by 1 cm. The package contained cocaine. The case demonstrates the feasibility of this method of removal and that few body packers of illicit drugs correctly assess the inordinate risks they incur to their health and life. Photographs and 3 references
Main Term(s): Drug detection
Index Term(s): Drug smuggling; Medical evaluation
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