Japanese Hunter Thompson Goes Full-on Fear and Loathing on Flight to Tokyo

Hunter S. Thompson laid it out in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,

We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers… and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls.

Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.

On May 23 a 42 year old Japanese man departed Bogota for Mexico City. He then boarded his connecting flight to Tokyo Narita on Aeromexico. This man caused his transpacific flight to divert to Hermosillo, Mexico when flight crew “noticed a person suffering convulsions and requested to make an emergency landing.”

At 2:25 a.m. local time on May 24 the flight was boarded by paramedics who determined the passenger had died. His body was removed from the aircraft and the flight continued to Tokyo.

An autopsy determined the man died of a drug overdose. His stomach and intestines contained “246 plastic packets of cocaine..measuring 1 by 2.5 centimeters each.”

Ingesting packets of cocaine is a common method of concealing the drug during transport, however it becomes dangerous if a packet leaks or breaks.

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  1. Sad death of a drug courier has nothing to do with Hunter Thompson and isn’t funny. I personally would delete this post.

  2. @SeanNY2;

    How is one less drug mule smuggling scumbag, moving product around the world sad?

  3. @Kevin: Maybe he was forced to. I would be wary of jumping to conclusion without knowing the facts, which is super easy to do. It’s a scary world. Just show some compassion for the dead.

  4. @Kevin “How is one less drug mule smuggling scumbag, moving product around the world sad?”

    I think it’s sad. A very sad and most likely quite terrifying death.

    Maybe you don’t think it’s sad.

    But it’s not very funny either.

  5. Why can’t the war on drugs and thus the war on personal freedom of body and choice end. If people want to smoke, drink, do drugs, get tattoos, engage in sexual immorality, get piercings, get too much sun or drink bleach, let them. People have a right to live how they want. So much horror and problems and infringements on fundamental freedoms and civil liberties occur because of the quest to rid the world of drugs. Because of the war on drugs people are forced to turn to dangerous people who provide drugs and bring violence to our streets. Decriminalize drugs and people can buy them in drug stores in specific doses and quality of production. The gang violence and propping up of Central American and South American warlords would end. The government could stop persecuting people who have committed no real crime and instead focus on stopping rape, murder, theft and vandalism.

  6. Agree with others. This is not a funny Hunter S Thompson story. This is tragic for this person and their loved ones. People mule-ing drugs in their stomach’s like this are usually not the true bad guys. And yet a good number of them die in the act.

  7. @johnwaters: Yeah it’s all fine until someone has to pay the hospital bills.
    Solution: The more money you have, the more personal freedoms you get.
    Oh, wait…..that’s how it works now.

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