Spanish drug mule dies as coke bags burst

Spanish drug mule dies as coke bags burst
The TAM Airlines flight on which the man was travelling was forced to make an emergency landing. Photo: Spanish National Police
A Spanish citizen has died while flying from Peru to Brazil after several of the 38 bags of cocaine he had swallowed before boarding burst open in his stomach.

The incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon on a TAM Airlines flight from Lima to Sao Paulo.

A statement from Spanish police noted that 45-year-old Spanish citizen Néstor Diaz became ill then died mid-flight, forcing the pilot of the plane to make an emergency landing in Campo Grande, the capital of Brazil's central-western Mato Grosso do Sul state.

An autopsy revealed 38 bags of cocaine in his stomach, some of which had burst mid-flight.

The cause of his death was officially recorded as a heart attack.

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