A 57-year-old Las Palmas man has been arrested by the Guardia Civil at Santa Cruz harbour with half a kilo of heroin. The man was stopped off a ferry when he was thought to be acting suspiciously, and after being questioned, gave contradictory answers as to the reason for his visit. His luggage was therefore searched, and the man himself was then transferred to a hospital for a radiological exam. The results showed that he had ingested 540 grams of the drugs in five cylinders and was carrying them inside his body. These were expelled under medical supervision and tests showed that the substance was heroin. He has now been charged with trafficking.