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Addiction

01 December 2010

CT scan detects drug mules

The best way to detect cocaine in the body of a human drug courier, known as a mule, is through computed tomography, otherwise known as a CT scan.

The best way to detect cocaine in the body of a human drug courier, known as a "mule", is through computed tomography (CT), according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

When legal authorities suspect an individual of being a drug mule, they often turn to radiologists to help quickly detect the presence of cocaine concealed in the body. Cocaine containers, which may be swallowed or inserted in the vagina or rectum, can be as large as a banana or as small as a blueberry.

 

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