Man dies after drinking liquid laced with cocaine

A man from Gosport has died after drinking what he thought was a pear-flavoured fruit drink. Tests later showed the liquid contained a lethal amount of cocaine.

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Man dies after drinking cocaine laced drink

'He was a devoted family man with a selfless attitude to help others.' Just one of the tributes paid to a man who died after drinking fruit juice - laced with drugs.

Joromie Lewis from Gosport was completely unaware it contained a lethal dose of cocaine. The Royal Navy veteran died within hours. Tonight there's an urgent warning to others not to consume the drink as Richard Slee reports.

Drink contained a 'lethal' amount of cocaine

An urgent public appeal has been issued by the Food Standards Agency for shops to remove all bottles of Pear D from their shelves, after a man died because it was laced with cocaine. Joromie Lewis, who was 33 and from Gosport, died just hours after drinking the juice drink in Southampton.

We spoke to Super Intendant James Fulton from Hampshire Police.

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Family pays tribute after man dies

33-year-old Joromie Lewis, who died after drinking a liquid containing lethal levels of cocaine
33-year-old Joromie Lewis, who died after drinking a liquid containing lethal levels of cocaine Credit: Hampshire Police

Mrs Jayrusha Lewis today released a tribute to her husband who died after drinking what he thought was a pear juice drink. She said: "Joromie Lewis was a Royal Navy veteran, originally from St Vincent and the Grenadines.

"He was a devoted family - oriented man with a selfless attitude to help others, and always knew the right words and advice to give. His exemplary conduct and actions touched the lives and hearts of many. "He was a member of the Bridgemary family church."

The family has requested that their privacy is respected throughout this difficult time.