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A Guatemalan man has been arrested at a South Texas border attempting to smuggle two pounds of heroin in his stomach. (Photo credit should read DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY/AFP/Getty Images)

A Guatemalan man has been arrested at a South Texas border attempting to smuggle two pounds of heroin in his stomach. (Photo credit should read DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY/AFP/Getty Images)

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Guatemalan man was arrested at a South Texas border crossing after arriving in the country with more than two pounds of what tested positive for heroin hidden in his stomach.

Officials at the Veterans International Bridge between Brownsville and Matamoros, Mexico, stopped Marco Vinicio Lopez-Davilaon Tuesday. Court records show he was ordered to remain in federal custody until a detention hearing Wednesday in Brownsville.

A federal affidavit says the 28-year-old Guatemalan arrived at the border in a taxi and asked to be admitted to the United States. After he diverted for secondary examination, he admitted that he was carrying about 80 packets of heroin to Philadelphia. He was taken to a hospital, where the packets were recovered.

A message left with the man’s attorney on Saturday was not returned.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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