Drug Mule's Cocaine Pellets Burst on Plane
Colmin Smith, age 48, was flying from Antigua to London with 239 grams of cocaine (about 1/2 pound) in pellets in his stomach. Shortly after the packed Virgin Atlantic flight took off, the pellets burst. He managed to tell a flight attendant right before he lost consciousness.
The plane made an emergency landing in Bermuda, where medics performed emergency surgery at the airport, and then took him to the hospital. He survived, and then had to face the judge.
The penalty: No jail, just a fine of 417 pounds (about $700.00). Why did he catch such a break? [More...]
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