A man with a remarkable 1.02kg of cocaine stashed inside his stomach has been detected by customs officers at St Petersburg airport.
CCTV images show suspicious customs officers going through the unnamed 25-year-old man's luggage after he flew into Russia from Brazil, before they found the drugs in his stomach.
Other images show customs officers rinsing off some of the 32 small bags of liquid cocaine they say they found in his stomach.
The Russian authorities say the man, who was paid just over $7000 to smuggle the drugs, now faces 20 years in prison.
The incident took place at Pulkovo Airport in St Petersburg, the Federal Customs Service of Russia confirmed.
It said a criminal group was behind the smuggling attempt from South America to Russia.
"Customs officers, in cooperation with the Main Directorate for Transport of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, carried out a complex operational and search activity at Pulkovo Airport," it said.
The man was carrying the drugs in his gastrointestinal tract.
A woman in the vicinity of the airport was also detained and is alleged to be the person behind the smuggling operation.
The pair could face up to 20 years in prison.
- Newsflash/ Australscope
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