Drug mule overdoses, dies in custody

2012-01-03 22:32

Johannesburg - An Ecuadorian drug mule who entered South Africa with capsules of liquid cocaine in his stomach, died in hospital of an overdose-induced heart attack, police said on Tuesday.

Police arrested the 48-year-old man at the OR Tambo Airport on Christmas Day, and took him to a nearby hospital after an x-ray picked up foreign material in his stomach.

"The close check by the police yielded results when during excretion he let off plastic containers that had liquid cocaine.

"Yesterday, January 2, the man collapsed and later passed away," said a police statement.

"Current diagnosis indicate a heart attack due to drug overdose. The value of the cocaine will be determined in due course."

The man was carrying papers showing he was a citizen of Ecuador, the police said.

  • Irene - 2012-01-03 22:39


      rbczovczov - 2012-01-04 06:30

      There are male drug mules after all. I was beginning to think its a female dominated enterprise.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-04 06:44

      No, rbz..., its an equal opportunity profession for idiots.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-04 06:45

      Going to a South African hospital can be bad for your health.

      ednadp - 2012-01-04 14:21

      Good riddance of a scumbag

  • afroduckk - 2012-01-03 23:33

    He got what he deserved. Hope this is a lesson to all the other 'Mules' out there, go out and get a job instead of trying to make 'easy money'.

  • lholho - 2012-01-03 23:48

    Nearby Hospital? this guy was taken to Tembisa hospital, anyways I know this because my mom works there and she was part of the team that was helping this guy... Yesterday at 1PM I went to fetch her she then told me th story...and she recons the guy was beaten up also...he couldn't or chew food...

      lholho - 2012-01-03 23:49

      couldn't speak or chew food....

      John - 2012-01-04 00:29

      I don't mind where they took him. Although I cannot condone the polices actions if he was assaulted, I cannot be sympathetic. These drug mules and dealers are not only destroying the lives of our kids, but also breaking up families

      Pieter - 2012-01-04 01:27

      Sounds like a punch to the stomach broke the capsule then?

      Sithando - 2012-01-04 01:40

      WOW! ihoiho you fool, your confession will only put your mom's loud mouth out of her job. Ask her if she knows something called professional secrecy. And that her son will put her in a lot of trouble for being a girly girly about serious allegations like that.

      Jaco Sekels - 2012-01-04 03:12

      It seems to me like this guy was given the SA death penalty!lol and yes you,hol how can you come out here and confess,you dumb safrican

      Yar - 2012-01-04 06:59

      @Sithando Are you part of a culture of secrecy. I believe that truth should come out. Speak out, don't hide truth. This case has nothing to do with patient confidentiality. Wel done Lholho

      Lato05 - 2012-01-04 08:54

      Tembisa Hospital is a death sentence. Sick criminals should just be taken there.

      Philip - 2012-01-04 10:05

      Yes Lholho, he was a foreigner and was chewing the cud !!! good riddance, a few more people will be spared, a few families maybe saved. DRUGS DESTROY PEOPLE AND BREAK UP FAMILIES. The death penalty should be imposed on drug dealers?

      Barefoot - 2012-01-04 10:28

      @Sithando that was my first thought. @Yar it's how health professionals are supposed to behave the world over you, don just discuss patient info with non medical people. say that next time someone like her discusses your health info with your friends or neighbours anyway unless if she's a medical pathologist she just can't say people were beaten up without proper proof and evidence.

  • Graham.Cooper2 - 2012-01-04 00:02

    He got what he deserved now we need to ensure the police does not sell the goods.

  • Dean Kenad - 2012-01-04 01:03

    You know SA has become the DRUG CAPITAL of the world when even an equadorian can bring in cocaine here. Its a shame really.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-04 08:27

      Dean this makes no sense. Cocaine is produced in South America. For users to acquire it here it needs to be brought in. How does this make us the DRUG CAPITAL of the world? We are just one of many (actually all nations do) of the nations of the world where people use illegal substances.

      Barefoot - 2012-01-04 10:20

      He didn't bring them in he was caught trying to!

      Sean - 2012-01-11 16:16

      @ Squeegee - SA is a "Drug Hub" meaning that drugs are sent to SA then re-distributed around to the rest of the world because of the slack customs we have here. A drive through - Get it now??

  • Deborah - 2012-01-04 03:14

    Nice one.

  • Sifiso - 2012-01-04 04:21

    His family must look on the bright side. Since he wasn't caught in China, the family has the option of an open casket funeral.

  • Linda Mbongwa - 2012-01-04 05:33

    The apple didnt fall far from the tree huh. You mom has a big mouth and so do you. As for the drug mule, he died and many lives were saved.

      George - 2012-01-04 11:59

      Screw that, how am I gonna get my fix now??? dammit.

      Achmat - 2012-01-04 16:45

      how many lives are saved Linda with all the Nigerians still in South Africa many are still at risk to over dose n the police know where they are

  • May - 2012-01-04 05:44

    The only good drug dealer is a dead one. May they all rot in hell!!

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-04 06:03

    Who pays for DHL to deliver this one back home ?

      tony.fourie - 2012-01-04 13:48

      DHL stands for Drugz Have Landed.............

  • Americo - 2012-01-04 06:03

    Please leave Mules out of this they are lovely animals. The headline should read -Greedy Murderer Overdoses,dies in custody - true story

  • Frik - 2012-01-04 07:25

    Thanks god he died safe us a lot of money to keep him in a 5 star prison.

  • Cathy - 2012-01-04 07:50

    Every dog has his day!

  • lynette.hugo - 2012-01-04 08:09


  • mamoshianem1 - 2012-01-04 08:27

    Good, he tasted his own medication.

  • - 2012-01-04 08:59

    Wow, good job the drug that could have killed someone killed the mule. Hoping the druglords could swallow some so they die too

  • Pumlani - 2012-01-04 09:43

    Sad thing is that you'll discover the dudes family doesn't even know that he was a drug mule or even out the country....easy money comes and it easily goes with your life ol pal! Cant say i feel sorry for you all the same.

  • Perfume - 2012-01-04 10:14

    No sympathy whatsoever for these mules.

  • Silvana - 2012-01-04 11:02

    They just don't learn, do they? Sorry no sympathy from me.

  • Herman - 2012-01-04 11:57

    went out on a high!!!

      Peter - 2012-01-04 12:43


  • Warren - 2012-01-04 12:17

    This should send a message to other to be drug mules-this practice does not pay.

  • Siso - 2012-01-04 12:21

    Good riddance, I can't say I feel sorry for him he got what he deserve.

  • MissC - 2012-01-04 12:37

    mmm!!so the dude pooped out the drugs and people still utilise cocaine!??? This happens all the time right? I don't know if anybody else feels the same.... but there's no way in hell I'm snorting, sniffing, injecting, pushin or ingesting anything that somebody pooped out!!! OMG!!!! #NASTY!!!

  • Peter - 2012-01-04 12:41


  • Frank - 2012-01-04 13:43

    It is clear to me that all the "thumbs down" clickers are druggies! Bad day at the office for you guys, hey?

  • Louw - 2012-01-04 15:38

    Best news so far in 2012!!

  • Lionel - 2012-01-04 15:53

    I'm glad to see he didn't waste SA taxpayer's money with a lengthy trial and prison time. Hopefully he didn't have any kids - he deserves a Darwin award.

  • liels - 2012-01-04 17:02

    I find it interesting that drug mules are constantly blamed for "killing our children". Don't get me wrong, I agree that they are the scum of society and well done to the police for catching him before he hit the streets, but blaming them for drug abuse is like saying that its McDonald's fault that we are overweight. We will always have fast food, yet, it stays our responsibility to make the choice not to indulge. Should we rather not inspect our own decisions and take responsibility for the choices we (and our children) make, rather than blaming all outside influences?

      Belinda - 2012-02-08 15:30

      At last! Someone with a true and valid comment here and I agree with liels 100%. If these trafficked drugs (primarily cocaine) are killing your kids then you're giving them too much pocket money. Addicts become addicts by their own doing. No one forces them to snort cocaine! Comparing the millions of cocaine users worldwide to the number of deaths by overdose, it's minimal. The real bloodshed and deaths occur in the trafficking because it's an illegal product. We hear so much about mules being caught with a kilo or two but what about the syndicates who control the trade? Why aren't they being taken down? Additionally, it's not the drug mules who are the problem, it's the end-user who is creating the demand because without demand there'd be no supply. The users are not down & out people.. they are doctors, lawyers, business people... at R400 a gram (level teaspoon) this is a drug for people with money, not kids.

  • france.bartman - 2012-01-08 07:50


  • William - 2012-01-08 11:27

    Take note other mules...

  • Sean - 2012-01-11 16:06

    It is irrelevant which country he came from - what comes around goes around! May he rest without any peace whatsoever!!!!!!!!! You get a huge thumbs up from me customs officials! Thanks for contributing to the erradication of these irresponsible scumbags!!! I hope that these drug muels realise that money is the root of all evil and that the grass is not greener on the other side of the continent!

  • Letjiela - 2012-02-01 11:27

    people doesnt care about their lives any more only money is important

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