The trouble with being a drug mule is that you have to trust a bunch of druggies to know what they’re doing when they pack you full of haphazardly wrapped poisons… and, well, they’re not exactly the Houston Manned Space Flight Center watch-standing crew. They’re a bunch of druggies.
An autopsy revealed two pounds of cocaine pellets inside the stomach of a Brazilian drug mule who bit a man on an Aer Lingus flight from Lisbon to Dublin.
Pathologists found $63,300 worth of cocaine inside John Kennedy Santos Gurjao’s stomach during an autopsy, according to local reports.
It’s believed at least one of those 80 pellets burst during Sunday’s flight causing the Boa Vista native to fall ill and die, the Irish Times reported citing a toxicology report.
The flight crew handcuffed Gurjao at some point during his drug-induced fit. He reportedly bit a Portuguese passenger trying to help him through a seizure, a witness told the Times.
“You could hear him to start to … well, screaming isn’t quite the word,” the witness told the Dublin-based paper. “It was a guttural noise, like a wounded animal.”
Well, he sure put the kilo in “keel over.”
He died stoned out of his gourd. For some people, that’s the culmination of their real life’s dream, as illustrated by what they do, a much better indicator of what people believe that the sweet untruths of what they say.
Maybe Gurjao was one of those. Still, he merits a small degree of sympathy. We have had occasion to meet many people who have overcome substance abuse (mostly, we admit, alcoholics, but some dopers too). We’ve seen some people give essential course correction to a life that was off track, and subsequently become beacons of light in their circles and community, or at least, decent human beings and good examples to their families. Poor Gurjao might have been one of these, some day.
Instead, he’s dead, barely out of boyhood. And it’s his own damned fault.
We blame bad judgment and the widespread availability of firearms, but mostly bad judgment.
Wonder which passenger on the flight had the other kilo? Usually, there’s one or two unwitting decoys, sacrifices to bait the customs agents, and a real mule to saunter through while the agents are high-fiving one another over their collar. Gurjao smells like a decoy.
Kevin was a former Special Forces weapons man (MOS 18B, before the 18 series, 11B with Skill Qualification Indicator of S). His focus was on weapons: their history, effects and employment. He started WeaponsMan.com in 2011 and operated it until he passed away in 2017. His work is being preserved here at the request of his family.