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No post-mortem for drug swallower

By Gyasi Gonzales

A post-mortem on the body of a Caroni woman, who is believed to have died after ingesting an illegal narcotic when the police raided her Ibis Gardens home, was not done yesterday due to a mix-up as to what time her body was supposed to be delivered to the Forensic Science Centre, St James.

Stacy Ramdeen, 32, died at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, on Thursday afternoon, after officers of the Central Division Task Force had raided her home around 2.30 p.m., armed with a warrant to search for narcotics and ammunition.

The police said the house was heavily burglar-proofed and, while attempting to break in, they heard the toilet being flushed several times.

Officers said they finally managed to gain entry to the house, where they found the woman, who suddenly became very ill and collapsed.

One of the officers attempted to revive her and she was taken to the Mt Hope hospital. She died shortly thereafter.

During a search of the house, the police found bits of cocaine in one of the toilet bowls, as well as some on the floor where they had met Ramdeen standing.

A post-mortem would have been done yesterday, but her body was brought to the centre after noon, by which time the centre was unable to perform the autopsy. It will instead be done on Monday.

No arrests were made, but enquiries are ongoing.

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