Man indicted after allegedly ingesting 20 pellets containing heroin
A federal grand jury sitting in Cleveland returned a two-count indictment charging Jose Carlon, age 56, of Mexico, with importation of a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute heroin, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Carlon was arrested on Aug. 1, 2012 after he sought medical attention at Marymount Hospital for severe abdominal discomfort, according to court documents.
Carlon stated that he ingested 20 cylindrical pellets containing an unknown drug on July 29, 2012, in Mexico. He then drove from Tijuana, Mexico to San Diego, Calif., then flew to Chicago and then on to Cleveland, according to court documents.
Carlon stated that he tried to pass the pellets naturally with the use of laxatives before seeking medical attention. Carlon was taken by police to Parma Community Hospital, where X-rays substantiated Carlon’s statements about the foreign objects in his body, according to court documents.
Carlon was then taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where the 20 pellets were retrieved by physicians, according to court documents.
The contents of the pellets subsequently tested positive for heroin, according to court documents.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, his role in the offenses and the unique characteristics of the violations. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger S. Bamberger of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force following an investigation by the High
Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Group (HIDTA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.