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Doctor stole heroin from patient’s stomach

MOSCOW — A surgeon stole some of the heroin he had been called on to remove from the stomach of a suspected drug carrier, Russian police said Tuesday.

Police in the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk said that after investigators discovered that some of the drugs were missing, they searched the surgeon. The police said they found a packet containing 5 grams of heroin hidden in his clothing.

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The surgeon, who was not identified, was under the influence of narcotics when he was arrested, according to the police statement.

If convicted of stealing the heroin, the doctor faces up to 15 years in prison.

There was no information about the identity of the suspected drug mule, his travel plans, or his fate.

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