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

A California man who arrived at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Tuesday was carrying more than 11/2 pounds of the powerful narcotic fentanyl in his stomach, authorities said Thursday.

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MORRISVILLE, N.C. — 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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