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Massive cocaine haul causes sudden in-flight seizure

July 31, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59A Virgin Atlantic flight from the Caribbean to Britain made an emergency diversion to Bermuda after a passenger smuggling a stash of cocaine in his stomach suffered a sudden seizure.

According the Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper, a British passenger named Colmin Smith, flying from Antigua in the Caribbean, had swallowed 61 pellets of cocaine, each containing drugs said to be 75% pure. http://www.themulia.com/en/special-offers-mulia-resort

Smith, 48, almost died when one of the pellets burst, the paper reported, but managed to confess to a flight attendant what had happened before he passed out.

Cabin crew sprang into action, telling passengers to prepare for an emergency landing.

A rapid surgical operation in hospital saved Smith’s life, removing over a quarter of a kilo of pure cocaine from his stomach.

Appearing before Hamilton Magistrates Court in Bermuda, Smith, from Birmingham told the court he was just minutes from death.

“I felt the death coming,” Smith said.

The presiding magistrate told Smith he could “thank his lucky stars” for being alive and for being charged only with possessing a controlled drug, which carries a sentence in Bermuda of no more than USD 1000.

Smith coughed up the cash, as the Mirror put it, and was immediately deported.

Written by : Peter Needham

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