Co­caine mule nabbed on Canada-bound plane

Weekend Mirror - - EDITORIAL -

A co­caine mule was taken off a Canada-bound fight on Tues­day morn­ing by ranks of the Cus­toms Anti-Nar­cotics Unit (CANU) and has since ex­creted sev­eral pel­lets.

CANU has since iden­ti­fied the sus­pect as 39-yearold Julius Fidel Watkins of Sec­ond Street, Cum­mings Lodge, East Coast De­mer­ara.

Ac­cord­ing to the anti-nar­cotics agency, af­ter con­fess­ing to in­gest­ing co­caine-filled pel­lets on Tues­day morn­ing, the sus­pect was es­corted to a city hos­pi­tal where he was ad­mit­ted. The sus­pect has since been med­i­cally ex­am­ined and so far, he has ex­creted a to­tal of 86 sus­pected co­caine-filled pel­lets.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve that the man may have swal­lowed over 100 pel­lets. The sus­pect re­mains un­der ob­ser­va­tion at the med­i­cal fa­cil­ity.

While CANU has been strength­en­ing ef­forts to curb nar­cotic traf­fick­ing in the coun­try, the agency con­tin­ues to re­it­er­ate the dan­ger of in­gest­ing the il­licit sub­stance.

“It is im­por­tant to note that these prac­tices are haz­ardous to the health of the in­tended traf­ficker and can gravely com­pro­mise life,” CANU said on Tues­day.

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