One dead, 3 hospitalised after ingesting drug pellets


KINGSTON, Jamaica – The police on Wednesday reported that one of four people, who swallowed drug pellets, has died within the past month.

The lawmen have warned against the practice and cautioned that it not only will lead to their arrest but it has serious, sometimes fatal, implications for their health.

They report that a woman died suddenly at home on Sunday, April 26. Post mortem examination later revealed 20 pellets of cocaine as well as an empty plastic casing in her stomach.

Meanwhile, three passengers at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) were detained and later hospitalised for drug ingestion during the period of Thursday, April 30 to Saturday, May 07.

Two of the traffickers had to undergo surgery to remove the drugs due to complications.

On Thursday April 30, 32-year-old Rohan Carr, a welder of Blacksmith Lane, Seafort in St Thomas and another passenger whose name is being withheld to facilitate the investigation, arrived at the NMIA to board an out-going flight to Curacao.

The police report that it was discovered that they had ingested packages of narcotic substance during a routine security screening.

They were interviewed and later arrested by police from the Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division (TCND) and taken to the hospital where they were admitted.

Whilst at the hospital both Carr and the other detainee complained of swelling in the stomach and had to undergo emergency surgery, where 33 and 27 ganja pellets respectively, were removed from their stomachs.

Following the surgery, Carr expelled another 40 ganja pellets taking the total to 77 pellets.

He was subsequently released and taken before the Corporate Area Court on Monday, May 11 where the matter was postponed until Wednesday, May 13. It was again postponed until June 30.

The other detainee developed complication and is currently in the intensive care unit at the hospital.

A similar incident occurred on Saturday, May 07 involving a passenger from an incoming flight.

The passenger, Owen Robinson, 48, farmer of Cave Valley district in Hanover, arrived at the NMIA on a flight from Suriname and was arrested by police from the TCND following security checks.

He was taken to the hospital where he was admitted. Robinson later expelled a total of 143 cocaine pellets weighing 1.86 kg with a street value of J$1.6 million.

He has since been released from the hospital and will appear in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, April 26 a female of a Kingston 11 address died suddenly at home.

A post mortem examination was conducted on Tuesday, May 12 which revealed 20 pellets of cocaine as well as an empty plastic casing in her stomach.

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