Virgin Atlantic plane forced to make emergency landing on Antigua to Gatwick flight after cocaine bursts in drug mule’s stomach

Plane forced to make emergency landing after cocaine bursts in drug mule's stomach
The Virgin Atlantic plane was forced to land shortly after take-off (Picture: Steve Parsons/PA)

A plane was forced to make an emergency landing after the cocaine packages a Birmingham man had smuggled in his stomach burst.

Colmin Smith, 48, had swallowed 61 pellets filled with the white powder before boarding a Virgin Atlantic flight from Antigua to London Gatwick.

A short while into the flight he told a flight attendant what had happened and then lost consciousness.

The plane made an emergency landing at Bermuda’s L.F. Wade International Airport, where medics were waiting to perform emergency surgery.

It was later discovered that the drug mule was carrying 239.39 grams of cocaine with a street value of £40,000.

Smith appeared in front of magistrates in Antigua and admitted one charge of possession of the drug and was fined £471.

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27 July 2014 | 3:56 pm – Source:

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