Wednesday 14 November 2018

Drug mule died after ingesting cocaine

John Kennedy Santos Gurjao had ingested 113 capsules of cocaine worth €70,000
John Kennedy Santos Gurjao had ingested 113 capsules of cocaine worth €70,000

Olivia Kelleher

A Brazilian man suffered a painful death when one of more than 100 pellets of cocaine he had ingested burst on a flight from Lisbon to Dublin.

John Kennedy Santos Gurjao (24) became so agitated onboard the Aer Lingus flight on October 18, 2015, that he bit a passenger and jumped over seats.

Coroner for Cork County Frank O'Connell was told at the inquest that Mr Kennedy Santos Gurjao became distressed about an hour in to the flight.

An examination of the 113 pellets recovered from his body indicated he had 1kg in weight of cocaine in his body, with a street value of €70,000.

The coroner paid tribute to the "heroism" of the cabin crew and off-duty nurses on board who valiantly tried to save Mr Kennedy Santos Gurjao while maintaining the safety of the aircraft.

The plane was diverted to Cork Airport arising out of the incident.

Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster carried out a post-mortem on the young man. She said the deceased had ingested 113 capsules of cocaine, of various sizes, which were covered in black plastic material. He died from acute cocaine intoxication.

The death was recorded as accidental poisoning.

Irish Independent

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