Police issue warning to drug mules after recent deaths
The police are appealing to persons not to try to smuggle drugs by ingesting them in light of recent cases of hospitalisation involving several traffickers.
In a statement last evening, the Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division warned that smuggling drugs could result in arrest.
It further warns that ingesting drugs is extremely dangerous and may result in death or serious medical complications.
The police say one woman died suddenly this month and an autopsy later revealed 20 pellets of cocaine and an empty plastic casing in her stomach.
The Narcotics Division says in the period April 20-May 7 several people who were detained at the Norman Manley International Airport were admitted to hospital for drugs ingestion.
A total of 77 pellets of cocaine were removed from 32-year-old Rohan Carr from Seaforth St Thomas and another man, the police say they will not identify at this time.
The police say the two arrived at the airport to board an out-going flight to Curacao.
Carr is to return to court on June 30 while, the other detainee developed complication and is currently in the intensive care unit at hospital.
Meanwhile, Owen Robinson, a 48-year-old farmer from Cave Valley in Hanover, expelled a total of 143 cocaine pellets with a street value of $1.6 million following his detention.
He has since been released from hospital and is scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area Criminal Court today.