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Coroner: Guatemalan man found dead in Pa. had eaten up to $500K in heroin

CLEARFIELD, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania coroner says a Guatemalan found dead over a guardrail had swallowed up to $500,000 worth of heroin and was killed when one of the packets burst.

Clearfield County Coroner Mike Morris tells WJAC-TV he’s working with state police and drug enforcement agents to determine the source and destination of the drugs.

Morris says the man’s name is Boris Reyes, though he has yet to confirm the man’s age.

A passing motorist found the body along a rural road on Sept. 16.

Authorities had suspected Reyes was a drug courier. They say tests indicate he had swallowed “multiple packets” of heroin worth a total of $250,000 to $500,000.

Morris won’t say how the drugs were packaged.

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