Man faces charges in Chelsea after allegedly swallowing balloons or condoms containing heroin

A Venezuelan man who had allegedly swallowed balloons or condoms filled with heroin ended up in the hospital — and in trouble with the law, Chelsea police said.

Police received a call from the Wyndham Boston Chelsea Hotel Sunday afternoon for a possible overdose in a room that was supposed to have been vacated that day, said Chelsea Police Captain Keith Houghton.

Luis Sanabria-Morales, 40, was transported to Whidden Hospital in Everett, where he remains hospitalized but under arrest. About 500 grams of heroin were seized from Sanabria-Morales’ body, Houghton said.

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“Condoms are used as a holding device. He could have used a combination” of condoms and balloons, said Houghton, adding that both items have been known to be used to conceal drugs inside a person’s body.

Houghton added that there was enough heroin for Sanabria-Morales to be charged with drug trafficking.