Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Smuggler busted with stomach full of cocaine

Smuggler busted with stomach full of cocaine

An X-ray scan of Venezuelan national Yosbeilys Katerine Flores Gonzalez shows more than 100 pellets of cocaine, weighing over 1 kilogram, in her digestive system.
An X-ray scan of Venezuelan national Yosbeilys Katerine Flores Gonzalez shows more than 100 pellets of cocaine, weighing over 1 kilogram, in her digestive system. Photo supplied

Smuggler busted with stomach full of cocaine

A Venezuelan woman was arrested by anti-drug police in Siem Reap on Sunday after an X-ray scan revealed more than 100 pellets of cocaine, weighing over 1 kilogram, in her stomach.

Um Amra, Siem Reap provincial deputy police chief and the director of the province’s anti-drug office, said that suspect Yosbeilys Katerine Flores Gonzalez, 26, was born in Merida, Venezuela. Amra said Gonzalez entered Cambodia from Bangkok on Saturday on a Bangkok Airways flight.

Suspicions were first raised by a tip-off to police, who monitored Gonzalez’s movements for 24 hours. They then arrested her and subjected her to an X-ray scan at a Siem Reap hospital, which revealed scores of tightly wrapped drug packages in her digestive system.

“Now she is in the police and medical custody, but there are only 61 pieces of drug out,” Amra said, saying 43 pellets still remained in her stomach.

Amra said medical professionals are worried the drugs could burst.

“In this case, authorities are investigating to find the identities of other people involved so that we can bring them to justice,” he continued, adding that Gonzalez has not yet been charged.

Gonzalez reportedly told police that she has been dealing drugs since she was 16, and has been smuggling drugs internationally since the age of 18.

In this case, she brought the cocaine from Brazil via Dubai and Bangkok, with Cambodia as the intended final destination.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hundreds of children in hospital with dengue

    A serious dengue fever epidemic is affecting Cambodia, with nearly 600 children hospitalised in the five Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals on Monday alone, a statement posted on the Kantha Bopha Foundation’s official Facebook page said on Wednesday. Because Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals provide

  • Sihanoukville building collapse death toll rises to 19

    Minister of Interior Sar Kheng said on Sunday that the government will act against those responsible for the collapse of a seven-storey building in Sihanoukville on Saturday, which resulted in 19 dead and 24 injured as of Sunday evening. Sar Kheng said three Chinese nationals and one

  • Gov’t to probe Chinese exports to US via Sihanoukville

    The government is investigating allegations that Chinese companies are using Chinese-owned special economic zones in Cambodia to export goods to the US and avoid tariffs, said Ministry of Commerce spokesman Seang Thay. The move comes after US embassy spokesman Arend Zwartjes said the US had

  • Banh: The Khmer Rouge worse than sanctions and pressure

    Minister of National Defence Tea Banh said on Thursday that having sanctions and external pressure placed on Cambodia was not worse than life under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. Tea Banh, who is also deputy prime minister, was speaking to military and ruling party officials