August 13, 2013 / 8:27 AM / 4 years ago

Russian surgeon arrested for taking heroin from patient's stomach

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian surgeon has been arrested for taking a five-gram bag of heroin he found in a patient’s stomach.

“The doctor was intoxicated at the time of detention,” police for the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk said in a statement on Tuesday, adding he faced up to 15 years in prison for theft and possession.

The doctor, who was not named, refused to answer questions without a lawyer, the police said.

It was not clear whether the patient had been arrested.

Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska, editing by Elizabeth Piper

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