A Brazilian lady, acting as a drug mule who agreed to smuggle 71 grams of cocaine to Europe in return for £2,350 met her untimely death when the cocaine capsule burst in her stomach.
Deyse Ricarte, 28, was said to have recorded a heartbreaking farewell video to her family after the capsule she was smuggling inside her stomach burst, causing her to overdose.
Police say that she was carrying 71 grams of cocaine from Brazil to Portugal inside dozens of pellets when one of them burst.
According to insiders close to the investigation, Mrs. Ricarte flew from Belo Horizonte in southeast Brazil on July 8 and was found dead at dawn the following day in the Sao Pedro Hotel in Lisbon.
The autopsy into her death revealed that one of the dozens of pellets she ingested ruptured and caused a fatal overdose.
The Daily Mail reports that a panicked Ricarte, who has an 11-year-old son sent the video of distress from her room in the Lisbon hotel after she began to feel unwell.
With her swollen face, she said in the video “I think I am going to die, my friend. Oh Lord, help me. My friend talk to mum and tell her I love her and my dad. I’m not going to make it. God help me”.
Federal police detective Ramon da Silva said, “We believe this is an international trafficking operation that could not be done by just one person”.
“Ricarte appeared to have had support in Brazil and Portugal. Our suspicion is that the operation is based in Minas Gerais state because the passport was recently issued there and picked up on June 22 and she flew from Belo Horizonte [the state capital].”
“We suspect that she ingested the narcotic substance shortly before taking the flight”.
Ricarte’s family is helping the police with the inquiries and investigations.