A bloke found weed stuck up his nose 18 years after he tried to smuggle it into prison

How is this even possible!?
11 November 2019 8:34AM

A bloke who tried to smuggle cannabis into prison by chucking it in a balloon up his nostril has finally got the drugs back after more than 18 long hard years, after mistakenly thinking he had swallowed the package. Not the case.

His doctors reported on the unusual case in a paper published in the British Medical Journal.

Dr Murray Smith of Westmead Hospital in Australia reckons the patient was first given the drugs inside a rubber balloon when his girlfriend visited him in prison. Sneaky stuff.

The man chucked the package into his right nostril to hide it from the authorities and smuggle it into the facility.

However he wasn't able to get it back once he slipped past them, and eventually mistakenly believed that he had accidentally swallowed it instead.

Over the next twenty odd years the balloon turned into a rhinolith, which is a stone in the nasal cavity formed as calcium and magnesium salts slowly built up around the rubber - because there is no f**king way you would've known what a rhinolith was.


His doctors performed a CT scan and discovered a "rubber capsule containing degenerate vegetable/plant matter" which was then surgically removed.

Three months after the surgery, the patient reported that all of his symptoms had disappeared - good to hear you're now pain free K-hole.