Emergency Landing Prompted by Cocaine Drug Mule

Colmin Smith, a 48-year-old man from Birmingham, England, swallowed 61 pellets of cocaine before boarding a Virgin Atlantic flight from Antigua to London Gatwick. Shortly after takeoff, one of the packs burst in Smith’s stomach sending him into an immediate drug overdose. Smith flagged down a flight attendant to inform her of the situation just before losing consciousness.

The flight crew immediately took action to divert the Airbus A330 for an emergency landing at Bermuda’s L.F. Wade International Airport. Upon arrival, medics rushed Smith to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital where an emergency operation was performed to save his life. A total of 239.9 grams of 75% pure cocaine, with a street value of more than $53,500, was found inside Smith’s stomach.

Smith was charged with possession of cocaine and fined in court. He was then promptly deported.

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