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Wild Passenger Fatally Swallowed $63K of Cocaine

One of 80 pellets burst in John Kennedy Santos Gurjao's stomach
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2015 9:02 AM CDT

(Newser) – Authorities now know how a passenger died during this weekend's eventful Aer Lingus flight from Lisbon to Dublin. A postmortem has determined that Brazilian John Kennedy Santos Gurjao, 24, was carrying almost 2 pounds of suspected cocaine—worth about $63,500–in 80 pellets in his stomach. Then one burst, reports the Irish Times. He was pronounced dead after the plane made an emergency stop. Authorities found another 4 pounds of white powder in the bag of a female passenger spotted with Gurjao, but the substance turned out to be baking soda. It is believed Gurjao was planning to study English in Ireland; relatives tell the Irish Mirror they thought he was still living in Brazil. (Read more cocaine stories.)

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