A man tried to smuggle heroin into the United States by concealing it in his rectum.
He was caught by U.S. officials and a drug-sniffer dog named Malone as he walked across the border from Mexico.
35-year-old Paulo Alfredo Macias was being held in the El Paso County Jail without bond after being caught on Monday at the Paso Del Norte pedestrian crossing with nearly 5 ounces of heroin.
“Internal body carriers are not common at land border ports of entry so this is a significant seizure,” El Paso Port Director Hector Mancha of Customs and Border Protection said in a statement on Wednesday.
Macias, a Texan, had been selected for screening at the El Paso crossing, and the dog helped officials determine he was carrying drugs, the statement said.
In an interview with officials, Macias admitted he had heroin hidden in his body, and he removed an oval-shaped pellet containing the drugs, it added.