Japanese Man Dies with 246 Cocaine Bags in Body

Society

Sao Paulo, May 27 (Jiji Press)--A total of 246 small bags of cocaine were found in the body of a Japanese man who died aboard a flight from Mexico City to Narita International Airport near Tokyo, according to Mexican prosecutors.

Authorities from the state of Sonora, northwestern Mexico, said Sunday that the man, 42, is suspected to have died from overdose after the cocaine bags he attempted to smuggle ruptured inside his body.

The Japanese national took the flight bound for Japan after arriving from Bogota, the capital of Colombia. The South American nation is the world's largest producer of cocaine.

The man started having a convulsive seizure and showing other symptoms of overdose soon after taking off from the Mexican capital, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in the early hours of Friday at an airport in Hermosillo, the Sonora state capital. The man was declared dead soon after.

Prosecutors identified the man as Udo N, while the local paper El Sol de Mexico reported the man's name as Satoshi Udo.

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