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Heroin Smuggling Ends With Sinking Feeling In Gut


“Internal” Smuggler

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Customs and Border Protection Officers

Some drug cases are harder to defend than others. One tactic to defend a drug case is to claim the illegal products, in this case, heroin, did not belong to the person being charged.  The defense works when two people are riding in a vehicle and drugs are found inside.  Each defendant claims they were not his drugs.

That defense is a total failure, though, when the authorities catch a person with drugs “on” them.  It gets even that more difficult to defend a case when the drugs are not on, but “in” the smuggler.  That allegedly was the case when Santos Daniel Rivera arrived from the Dominican Republic and was passing through customs at Philadelphia International Airport.

While Santos spent plenty of time concealing the drugs he was carrying by swallowing them, he did not spend much time on the story he was going to tell the customs inspector.  An alert officer caught discrepancies in the 21 year old’s story.  He was referred to “secondary” where he must have started to have that bad feeling in the pit of his stomach today was not going to be his day.

Soon, Santos was transported to a local hospital and given an xray which revealed the presence of unusual “foreign bodies” in his stomach.  The rest was a matter for time, probably a strong laxative, and no place to get rid of the evidence.  Fifty-eight agonizing thumb sized pellets later, and Santos was soon under arrest for attempted smuggling of 1.65 pounds of heroin.  That aching feeling in his gut things were going South no doubt remained, despite shedding significant weight.

While Santos may consider the discovery by US Customs and Border Patrol officers the end to life as he knows it, and he is probably right if convicted, the vigilance of the officer may have saved Santos’ life.  A single burst pellet could have resulted in his death.  It would not be the first time.  When smugglers realize how easy it is to detect “internal” smuggling, youths who put their lives as risk think twice about taking the chance that could cost them their own lives.  Getting 1.65 pounds of heroin off of the streets will save the lives of countless addicts.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) would provide funding to beef up our nation’s seaports and to add additional border protection agents.  It would also allow immigrants who have chosen to avoid criminal behavior a chance to obtain permanent residency after a lengthy process, payment of fines which could add 1.3 billion to the treasury, and passing criminal background checks.

For those who elect to follow the path of drug smugglers, there is a fairly easy answer:  Lengthy jail terms followed by a free trip back to where they came.



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