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Doctors remove 400 drug-filled balloons from man’s abdomen

By Mason White 10:02 AM August 23, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) Two drug mules were arrested on a charge of drug smuggling after doctors removed 400 drug-filled balloons from the abdomen of a 32-year-old man, police in Japan said.

Fukuoka police said that the two men smuggled more than 400 balloons containing cannabis resin from Nepal.

According to the police investigation, the two men, Kensuke Higashihara and Kengo Matsumura, arrived at the Fukuoka airport on a flight from Bangkok, Thailand.

The next day, Higashibara was transported by ambulance to a hospital after experiencing extreme stomach pains. During the initial examination, doctors removed about 100 small balloons containing cannabis resin from his abdomen.

Over a period of three days, a total of 415 balloons, each measuring about one centimeter in diameter, were removed from inside Higashihara.

Higashihara and Matsumura, both 32, have been charged with violating the Cannabis Control Law. Police believe that the drugs have a street value of $16,000.

The two suspects originally left Nepal, leading police to believe that they received the drugs there.