Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Cocaine pear juice death: Five people arrested

Joromie Lewis
Image caption Joromie Lewis drank from the bottle after finding it in a warehouse

Five people have been arrested after the death of a man who accidentally drank pear juice laced with cocaine.

Joromie Lewis, 33, died on 5 December shortly after drinking the Caribbean-made juice at a Southampton warehouse where he was working.

Two men and a woman from Southampton and two London men have been arrested and bailed on drugs offences.

A funeral service for Mr Lewis, who police described as "wholly innocent", has been held in Gosport.

Laboratory analysis showed the bottle of Cold Cole Pear-D contained a lethal amount of cocaine.

Image caption Laboratory analysis showed the pear juice contained a lethal amount of cocaine

Police investigating Mr Lewis's death said they were awaiting further toxicology results.

Det Supt Dick Pearson said: "This is a complex investigation covering the circumstances surrounding Mr Lewis's death, as well as the drug-trafficking offences.

Officers previously said the bottle was part of a consignment manufactured in the Caribbean and brought into the country by the import-export company that Mr Lewis was working for.

They described it as a known method drug-smugglers used to bypass border checks.

Mr Lewis, a Royal Navy veteran, lived in Gosport, Hampshire, and originally came from St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Pastor David Price of Bridgemary Family Church, which Mr Lewis attended, described him as "an amazing guy".

"There are not many guys like him. He'd help anyone, day or night, he was just wonderful.

"He always had a smile and time for people. He was anti-drugs, anti-drink, anti-gambling," he added.

A Food Standards Agency alert for shops to withdraw the drink if they find it remains in place.

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