DFW Customs Agents Catch Guatemalan Drug Mule, Watch Him Crap Out 70 Heroin Pellets

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U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
Walter Lippman-Avilez was hoping for a quick traipse through customs when he stepped off his Aeromexico flight from Mexico City just after 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The Guatemalan's previous trip to the U.S. had gone smoothly enough, after all, and he saw no reason why this one shouldn't be the same.

What Lippman-Avilez failed to take into account was that U.S. Customs and Border Protection would remember quite clearly that another Lippman-Avilez from Guatemala -- Cristopher, Walter's brother -- had been arrested last April for trying to smuggle several pounds of heroin across the Mexican border into San Diego. And so, when he presented his passport to customs agents, he was pulled aside for a more thorough screening.

At first, Lippman-Avilez said he was in the country to buy a couple of cars to ship back to Guatemala, proffering his customs declaration, on which he swore he was not transporting illegal drugs, as proof that he was on the up and up. But then, when his inquisitors pointed out that he had only $1,200, hardly enough to buy one functioning automobile, much less two, and mentioned his brother, Lippman-Avilez started to sweat. Finally, after 45 minutes of questioning, he agreed to be X-rayed.

And so, several hours later, Lippman-Avilez found himself at Baylor Medical Center in Grapevine, taking a crap under the watchful gaze of a customs agent eager to determine what was inside the dozen or more foreign objects the X-ray had revealed lodged inside his digestive system. The lucky agent plucked one capsule from the nine that passed on Lippman-Avilez' first try and pried it open to reveal a brown, powdery substance: heroin.

At this point, Lippman-Avilez waived his Miranda rights and agreed to speak with a pair of investigators with the Department of Homeland Security. He'd swallowed the pellets the day before, he told them, 70 in all. He'd been promised $75 for each capsule he safely delivered to New York, but he wasn't in it for the money but because drug lords were harassing his family.

Maybe so, but it was Lippman-Avilez, not a drug lord, who'd stuffed himself with a kilogram of heroin and tried to slip through security at DFW, and it was Lippman-Avilez, not the drug lord, whose bowel movements were monitored for the two days and 14 minutes it took to pass the last of the pellets. And finally, it was Lippman-Avilez, not the drug lord, whose being charged with trafficking heroin into the United States. If convicted, he faces 5 to 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine.

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dfwbill71
dfwbill71

I see this stemming a new reality competition show in the near future.

Mary Poole
Mary Poole

At least one more child will stay alive. RIP William Cody Poole

wcvemail
wcvemail

I understand that in cases of swallowed contraband, the suspect is put in a minimalist room with a prison bed and a centerpiece toilet, positioned so that it's under multi-camera scrutiny. The walls are glassed for fishbowl observation. The toilet itself is equipped with a screening filter, and it doesn't fully flush until it's switched by authorities. 

The suspect can pace in circles around the toilet, much as he sees his life circling a drain. He    can lay down to try to relieve the abdominal pain, since his belly and bowels are full of undigestible contraband along with the natural contents, but that's only temporary relief. He can pace some more, always around the centerpiece crapper. Finally, inevitably, the dam must break, but there's a slow, painful ejection, not at all the happy-to-be-gone feeling the morning after a bad supper the night before.

DirtyP1
DirtyP1

I always feel bad for these people anytime I watch that show "Locked up abroad". Could drug traffickers be targeting his family? Absolutely. If they're paying him $75 per capsule, how much are they selling them for? The risk for them is low, this guy is screwed now. What a bummer summer for him.

Luis Estrada Escobar
Luis Estrada Escobar

1 key of heroin is a joke. How about make a story of hundreds of keys...

ChangingF8
ChangingF8

"Would you like a little feces with your smack?"

James080
James080


It's safe to say there's been some movement on the case.

Susan Durham
Susan Durham

And how much did that cost the taxpayers?

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@wcvemail 

That was . . . graphic - and hilarious.

2dollaholla
2dollaholla

@DirtyP1 and no one cares for his family or will even off to relocate them/name change etc. But oh weee look at us cop's we got our bust!

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