A man is in big trouble after swallowing a bunch of cocaine. This is because he tried to smuggle the cocaine into America, and there was a lot of it. The amount of cocaine he swallowed weighed nearly three pounds. It was before he boarded his plane that he decided to swallow the 148 pellets of cocaine.
According to the Sun Sentinel, Errol Simpson, 41, appeared in a Fort Lauderdale courtroom on Thursday, and he will remain locked up pending trial. He has remained locked up ever since he was arrested for being caught with the cocaine, and that happened earlier in the month.
The Jamaica Observer reported Simpson flew from an airport in Montego Bay to Fort Lauderdale, and it was there he raised suspicions, but at that point he wasn't caught with the cocaine. U.S. immigration and Customs Enforcement said Simpson appeared nervous and when he was questioned, his answers were inconsistent. He was obviously nervous because he knew he had cocaine inside of him.
Instead of telling authorities about the cocaine, Simpson, who is a mechanic that is self-employed, told authorities that he was travelling for pleasure on a tourist visa, according to CBS. At one point, the cocaine smuggler said he was willing to return to Jamaica, but authorities didn't allow him to go back.
He was taken to a local hospital, and that was when the cocaine was found. X-rays were performed, and that's when images revealed the pellets of cocaine.
After the cocaine was found inside Simpson, he was kept at the hospital for days. In total, he ended up spending eight days in the hospital, and eventually he passed the 148 pellets of cocaine.
Simpson eventually told investigators that he did swallow a number of cocaine pellets, but he couldn't really remember how many. He added that he was going to get paid to if he successfully smuggled the cocaine. The maximum amount he was going to be paid for smuggling the cocaine was $5,000. The actual amount he was going to make depended on how much cocaine he could actually smuggle into the country.
As of now, it is not known if Simpson will fight his charge, but if he is convicted, then he could be sentenced up to 40 years in federal prison.
Many of the internal smugglers do carry cocaine, as well as heroin. However, cocaine and heroin are not the only drugs smugglers keep inside their bodies. Investigators say they have arrested smugglers who were carrying weed or hash oil.
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