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    Man faces charges in Chelsea after allegedly swallowing balloons or condoms containing heroin


    Man accused of swallowing heroin

    A man from Venezuela who allegedly swallowed balloons or condoms filled with heroin ended up in the hospital and in trouble with the law, Chelsea police said. Police received a call from the Wyndham Boston Chelsea Hotel on Sunday afternoon about a possible overdose in a room that was supposed to have been vacated that day, said police Captain Keith Houghton. Luis Sanabria-Morales, 40, was transported to Whidden Hospital in Everett, where he remained hospitalized but under arrest on Tuesday, according to the Suffolk district attorney’s office. About 500 grams of heroin were seized from Sanabria-Morales’s body, Houghton said. He added that there was enough heroin recovered for Sanabria-Morales to be charged with drug trafficking.

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