An American citizen who had apparently swallowed 100 cocaine-filled pellets (pictured above) in a smuggling attempt was arrested at San Francisco International Airport last week as he was on his way to board a flight to Japan, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman said.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers interviewed the passenger, Emmanuel Amankwa, 55, extensively at the airport on Wednesday before it was determined that he was attempting to smuggle the drugs in his intestines, according to the agency.

He was transported to a nearby hospital to be monitored by medical staff until Thursday, when he had passed all 100 cocaine pellets, agency spokesman Officer Frank Falcon said. The pellets weighed more than 2.5 pounds.

Amankwa was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for further action, according to Falcon.

Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News

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