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Suspected drug pellets found during man’s autopsy

Police believe drug pellets inside the body of a 35-year-old Jamaican contributed to his death. Hugh Melwood was found dead at 5.40am on Saturday, in a house on Union Street, Pembroke.

An autopsy was conducted on Thursday. Releasing the findings yesterday, a Police spokesman said: “Several pellets which contained what is believed to be a quantity of controlled drug were recovered from within the body. It is suspected that they may have contributed to his death. The deceased recently returned to Bermuda from an overseas trip.”

The spokesman added: “The Bermuda Police Service wishes to take this opportunity to remind the public that the penalties for those convicted of drug offences are severe. Additionally, the health risks associated with drug smuggling cannot be understated.”

Anyone with information should call the Hamilton Criminal Investigations Unit on 295-0011.

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Published December 11, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 11, 2010 at 2:37 pm)

Suspected drug pellets found during man’s autopsy

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