Woman Accused of Smuggling Nearly Five Pounds of Heroin into US -- In Her Stomach

March 21, 2012 Updated Mar 21, 2012 at 5:04 PM EDT

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Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Woman Accused of Smuggling Nearly Five Pounds of Heroin into US -- In Her Stomach

March 21, 2012 Updated Mar 21, 2012 at 5:04 PM EDT

According to NBC Washington, a 52-year-old Nigerian woman was arrested at Dulles International Airport over the weekend for allegedly attempting to smuggle nearly five pounds of heroin into the U.S. -- in the form of 180 thumb-sized pellets she'd ingested.

After being detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, the woman was taken to an area hospital, where an x-ray reportedly revealed the extra cargo, according to NBC Washington.

Read the NBC Washington story HERE.