Man dies on flight after swallowing 246 cocaine packets

Japanese passenger had come from Colombia, say prosecutors

Jon Sharman
Monday 27 May 2019 17:20
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Man dies on flight after swallowing 246 cocaine packets

A Japanese man died on a flight leaving Mexico after ingesting nearly 250 packets of cocaine, officials said.

Prosecutors said the man, identified as Udo “N”, had come to Mexico City from Bogota, Colombia.

They said the man’s fellow passengers reported having seen him convulsing in the early hours of Friday as the jetliner headed for Narita, a city on the outskirts of Tokyo.

He had ingested 246 packets of cocaine and suffered an overdose, leading to a cardiac arrest shortly after takeoff, experts later discovered.

A statement was issued by the attorney general’s office for the northern state of Sonora on Sunday.

A post-mortem examination was performed there following the Aeromexico flight’s emergency stop in Hermosillo.

Additional reporting by AP

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