Alleged drug smuggler out of hospital

03:00, Jun 30 2014

An alleged drug mule arrested at Christchurch Airport is out of hospital and behind bars. 

The South African woman was discharged from Christchurch Hospital over the weekend after undergoing surgery to remove one of 99 heroin pellets she had swallowed or hidden in her luggage. 

Customs says the heroin weighed 1.2 kilograms and had a street value of about $1.2 million. 

The 32-year-old bar worker, who has interim name suppression, was stopped by Customs staff after arriving from Singapore showing signs of illness on June 15.

She required immediate medical treatment and spent 13 days in Christchurch Hospital while the pellets were expelled from her body. 

One pellet needed to be surgically removed because of the health risk.  

A Christchurch Hospital spokeswoman said the woman was discharged on Saturday. 

She is in custody until she appears in the Christchurch District Court next month. 

The woman has been charged with possession of heroin for supply and importing a class A drug.

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