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Royal Navy veteran dies after drinking pear juice laced with cocaine

By Hey :-), Dec 13, 2013 | | |
  1. Hey :-)
    Wife pays tribute to Joromie Lewis, who police say did not realise drug was in drink

    A Royal Navy veteran has died after drinking a pear drink laced with lethal amounts of cocaine, police have said. Joromie Lewis fell ill soon after drinking the juice and died in hospital within hours.


    View attachment 36101 His wife Jayrusha Lewis paid tribute to him on Thursday, calling him a "selfless and devoted family man". She said: "Joromie Lewis was a Royal Navy veteran, originally from St Vincent and the Grenadines. He was a devoted family-oriented man with a selfless attitude to help others, and always knew the right words and advice to give.

    "His exemplary conduct and actions touched the lives and hearts of many. He was a member of the Bridgemary family church."

    Police said they believed Lewis, who lived in Southampton, did not know there was cocaine in the bottle. A Hampshire police spokesman said: "It appears from police inquiries that Mr Lewis ingested a small amount of liquid in the belief he was drinking a genuine pear drink."

    The spokesman added: "On Wednesday police received laboratory test results which showed that the liquid in the juice bottle contained a lethal amount of cocaine.

    "Police now have established that the bottle of Cole Cold Pear D fruit drink was manufactured in the Caribbean and the company did not export this drink to the UK."

    A postmortem examination was carried out on 7 December. The results were inconclusive and toxicology tests are being carried out.

    Police have now appealed for anyone who finds bottles of the Cole Cold Pear D fruit drink not to open it, but to contact the Food Standards Agency and hand it in to authorities. The Food Standards Agency has issued an alert to all local authorities to contact retailers to withdraw Pear D if it is found.

    Detective Superintendent Richard Pearson, who is leading the police investigation called Operation Crab, said: "We are working closely with partner agencies, including Southampton's regulatory services, Public Health England, the Food Standards Agency and other law enforcement agencies, including the National Crime Agency, to minimise any risk to the public and to investigate the circumstances leading to the tragic death of Mr Lewis.

    "We are supporting his family and linking closely with public health departments. We have taken clear advice from partner agencies and, in light of the analysis of the contents of the bottle, a decision was made to issue the public alert by the Food Standards Agency. Inquiries to date have not identified any further incidents or similar bottles.

    "The investigation suggests that this was likely to be a rogue bottle from a consignment of drugs stored in plastic juice bottles. If anyone finds a bottle of Pear D juice, do not open the bottle. If sealed, the bottle is perfectly safe. Take the bottle to the nearest police station, and we will examine the contents if appropriate."


    The Guardian
    Thursday 12 December 2013
    Editor; Kevin Rawlinson
    Photographs; Hampshire Constabulary/PA
    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/dec/12/royal-navy-veteran-dies-pear-juice-cocaine

Comments

  1. SIR KIT
    Sound familiar to anyone? Remember the story on here last month about the man who died after drinking "juice laced with 10,000 dollars worth of methamphetamine"? Many on this forum dissmised that story as a hoax. Is this a coincidence? Or is this drug laced fruit juice phenomenon true?
  2. RoboCodeine7610
    Damn. Guess his luck would've been a lot better had he taken a much smaller sip. He'd have gone from being dead to "Hey I just found a juice bottle with a shitload of cocaine in it" lol.

    Robo
  3. kumar420
    But seriously nobody would expect a pear drink to kill you after a large sip
    Are people actually trying to smuggle drugs mixed into random drinkable liquids? Seems to me it would be much easier to do it with a non-consumable liquid base so nobody accidentally gets your shipment (and then dies)

    And how would one go about extracting coke from juice? Wouldn't the sugars and other compounds in the juice hinder extraction? Unless the plan was to consume it as is, which would be foolish
  4. RoboCodeine7610
    True, and if you read closely, he died after being in the hospital for hours; meaning that there was so much cocaine in that bottle that one sip was enough to kill him despite modern medical treatment. So quite a bit indeed.

    How so? Cocaine can be quite euphoric when taken orally, and has less of a crash. Also, if you have like 50g dissolved in a bottle it's not like taking more isn't an option.

    Robo
  5. kumar420
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't such a large dose kill a regular user with a very high tolerance as well?
    If that's the case, the sheer amount of the drug in the drink would drop even the most hardcore user, unless one took tiny measured sips or used a dropper. And pear juice, even with preservatives, eventually goes off. So unless they plan on using all that blow at a party or fifteen, you've got maybe a month after its opened before it spoils. Which is a huge amount of coke for one or even five people to do
  6. NeuroChi
    You can't dissolve enough cocaine in a sip of liquid to kill a full grown human. You would need several grams of cocaine to do so, especially if he was admitted to the hospital but there was nothing they could do.

    The next question is why it took so long for him to die, because cocaine has a relatively short half life (45-60 minutes). He should have been dead within minutes of overdosing, not hours.

    If he did sip it, and didn't notice his whole mouth and throat go numb from the local anesthetizing effects of cocaine, then that begs a series of other questions.

    Many holes in this article, I'm interested in finding out the toxicology results.
  7. Hey :-)
    Navy veteran's death: five arrested on drug charges

    Four men and woman bailed after death of Joromie Lewis, who fell ill after consuming drink containing lethal amount of cocaine

    Five people have been arrested on suspicion of drug offences in connection with the death of a Royal Navy veteran who died after drinking a drink laced with cocaine.

    Joromie Lewis, 33, of Gosport, Hampshire, became ill immediately after drinking the fruit drink, which contained a lethal amount of the drug.

    His death on 5 December led the Food Standards Agency to issue an alert to all local authorities to contact retailers to withdraw any bottles of Pear D from their shelves. Detectives believe the drink may have been used by drug smugglers to import cocaine into the country in a liquid form.

    Hampshire police have arrested four men and a woman who have since been bailed pending further inquiries.

    Detective Superintendent Dick Pearson said: "This is a complex investigation covering the circumstances surrounding Mr Lewis's death, as well as the drug-trafficking offences.

    [IMGR=''white'']https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=36442&stc=1&d=1388485275[/IMGR]"Mr Lewis's family have been kept up to date with developments, including these five arrests for drugs offences."

    Details of the arrests came as a private family funeral was being held on Monday for Lewis in his home town.

    Lewis died at Southampton general hospital within hours of consuming the drink.

    A Hampshire police spokesman said they were investigating whether the drink had been used to smuggle cocaine into the UK in a liquid form. The inquiry was continuing and they were awaiting toxicology results to establish an exact cause of death, the spokesman said.

    Police have established that the bottle of Cole Cold Pear D fruit drink was manufactured in the Caribbean and the company did not export this drink to the UK.

    Lewis's widow, Jayrusha Lewis, said in a statement released after his death that her husband was a "selfless and devoted family man".

    She said: "Joromie Lewis was a Royal Navy veteran, originally from St Vincent and the Grenadines. He was a devoted family-oriented man with a selfless attitude to help others, and always knew the right words and advice to give.

    "His exemplary conduct and actions touched the lives and hearts of many.

    Two men and a woman from Southampton, all aged 37, were arrested on 23 December and have been bailed until 8 April 2014.

    Two men aged 33 and 39, both from London, were arrested on 20 and 22 December. The 33-year-old has been bailed until 3 April and the 39-year-old has been bailed until 8 April.


    The Guardian
    Press Association
    Monday 30 December 2013
    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...ran-joromie-lewis-death-five-arrested-cocaine
  8. kumar420
    Hmm, perhaps this poor bloke was particularly sensitive to stimulants or had some sort of pre-existing condition? If he ingested the drug and then had a series of heart attacks/strokes then it would explain the window in which the hospital staff tried to save him but unfortunately failed
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