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Dutch citizen is arrested, charged with drug smuggling

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MIAMI (AP) — A Dutch citizen has been arrested and charged with attempting to smuggle the synthetic club drug Ecstasy into the United States by swallowing 3,500 pills encased in packets.

Andy Ramon Jacobs, 24, was charged with trafficking and importation of Ecstasy, and was being held Friday at Miami-Dade County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond, county police said.

Jacobs was detained by U.S. Customs agents at Miami International Airport after his arrival Tuesday on a flight from Amsterdam.

Customs agents interviewed Jacobs and determined he had ingested the pills. Officials said 84 packets were recovered containing pills worth about $70,000.