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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Drug Trafficker Dies

MOSCOW () -- A Nigerian drug trafficker died after swallowing nearly a kilogram of heroin in an attempt to smuggle it out of Russia, officials said Wednesday.

Police at Moscow's Sheremetyevo 2 international airport said the man was found unconscious in the airport hotel earlier this week and died in the emergency room of a city hospital, Itar-Tass reported.

An autopsy showed that the man swallowed seven rubber packages containing heroin and was poisoned when gastric juice ruined the packages and the heroin seeped through, it said.