"Body packing" and its implications in Qatar

M. Baljevic, N. D. Sadiq, N. Hussain

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The internal concealment of highly profitable illicit drugs such as cocaine and heroin, by means of body packing is an important means of international drug trafficking. This phenomenon is apparently uncommon in Qatar, with only one reported case thus far. Here, we present a case of body packer who was transiting Doha and was found to be carrying 90 internalized packets of heroin. Regardless of whether this is another isolated case or an emerging phenomenon in Qatar, awareness of medical and surgical complication that can arise in these individuals is of importance to practicing physicians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-45
Number of pages4
JournalQatar Medical Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Medicine


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