Arrests made in connection with Gosport death

Five men have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences following the death of a Gosport man.

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Five arrested in connection with cocaine drink death

Five people have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences in connection with the death of a Royal Navy veteran who died after drinking a pear drink laced with cocaine.

Joromie Lewis, 33, of Kings Road, Gosport, Hampshire, became ill immediately after drinking the pear fruit drink, which contained a lethal amount of the drug.

His death on December 5 led the Food Standards Agency to issue an alert to all local authorities to contact retailers to withdraw any bottles of Pear D from their shelves.

Detectives believe the drink may have been used by drug smugglers to import cocaine into the country in a liquid form

This is a complex investigation covering the circumstances surrounding Mr Lewis' death, as well as the drug trafficking offences. Mr Lewis' family have been kept up to date with developments, including these five arrests for drugs offences."

– Dick Pearson, Detective superintendent

Five arrests in connection with Gosport death

Joromie Lewis died after drinking Pear D juice laced with drugs Credit: Hampshire Police

Five people have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences following the death of a Gosport man.

Joromie Lewis, who was 33, died just hours after drinking the Pear D juice drink in Southampton and his funeral is being held today.

Two men and a woman from Southampton, all aged 37, were arrested on December 23 and have been bailed until April 8, 2014.

Two men aged 33 and 39, both from London, were arrested on December 20 and 22. The 33-year-old has been bailed until April 3 and the 39-year-old has been bailed until April 8.

Detective Superintendent Dick Pearson from the Hampshire Major Investigation Unit said:

"This is a complex investigation covering the circumstances surrounding Mr Lewis's death, as well as the drug trafficking offences. Mr Lewis's family have been kept up to date with developments, including these five arrests for drugs offences."

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