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Feds: German traveler arrested at Las Vegas airport with kilo of cocaine pellets in his body
LAS VEGAS (AP) ' The U.S. attorney in Nevada says a German traveler was caught with over a kilogram of cocaine encased in more than 80 plastic pellets in his digestive system while trying to board a flight from Las Vegas to London.
Christopher Adiegwu (ad-EEG'-woo) was indicted Tuesday in federal court on a count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Arraignment is set for Sept. 9. He faces up to 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine if convicted.
The 43-year-old was arrested Aug. 17 after he was stopped by federal officers at McCarran International Airport, hospitalized and X-rayed.
Court records identify him as a German citizen and native of Nigeria who was traveling under a visa waiver.