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Authorities: RDU traveler hid 1.7 pounds of powerful narcotic in his stomach

Posted April 13

Umberto Altamirano

— A California man who arrived at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Tuesday was carrying more than 1½ pounds of the powerful narcotic fentanyl in his stomach, authorities said Thursday.

After receiving a tip, investigators detained Umberto Altamirano as he got off a plane from Orlando, Fla., and he admitted to having swallowed 65 packets of fentanyl to transport the drug, authorities said.

Altamirano, 29, of Esconado, Calif., was taken to WakeMed, and authorities were able to recover about 767 grams of fentanyl, with a street value of $115,050, from him while he was at the hospital.

He is now being held in the Wake County jail under a $2 million bond on charges of trafficking opiates by possession and trafficking opiates by transportation.


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  • Jeffrey Derry Apr 14, 11:51 a.m.
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    build the wall, secure our borders, without borders you have no country

  • Jeff Freuler Apr 14, 10:22 a.m.
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    Too bad it didn't kill him because guess who had to suck up his medical costs

  • Thomas Williams Apr 14, 9:09 a.m.
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    It is unbelievable what people will do when it comes to criminal activity.

  • Sara Hauser Apr 14, 8:56 a.m.
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    Absolutely,Stacie. He is lucky it wasn't absorbed and killed him .

  • Stacie Hagwood Apr 14, 7:04 a.m.
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    He's lucky he's alive.

  • Elizabeth Anne Wells Apr 13, 7:53 p.m.
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    that must have been a powerful enema...

  • Jim Frei Apr 13, 4:20 p.m.
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    Did they beat it out of him?