A Polish man is in custody after police say doctors found half a kilo of cocaine in his stomach after he collapsed at Miami International Airport during a flight layover.
Waldemar Wojtczak, 45, was taken to Hialeah Hospital last month, where surgeons found more than 50 small rubber sacks filled with cocaine inside his stomach, according to a police report.
Because he was unable to release the ingested pellets on his own, doctors performed surgery on Wojtczak, who was traveling to Finland, to remove the 53 pellets from inside his upper and lower abdomen before they ruptured.
The Polish national was on a flight from the island of Trinidad, laying over in Miami before departing for Finland.
According to the Miami Herald, citing a Miami-Dade police report, passport records showed Wojtczak made similar short trips before from Poland.
The Herald reports Wojtczak has recovered and was formally charged Monday with cocaine trafficking and using commercial transport while committing a felony. He pleaded not guilty.