Airline death on Lisbon-Dublin flight: a “drug mule”

Details coming out of Ireland this morning point to the violent death of a passenger – initially believed to be Portuguese – on a flight out of Lisbon over the weekend as being caused by ingested drugs. The 25-year-old man, now confirmed as Brazilian, was a “drug mule” – accompanied by an older Angolan woman, herself in possession of almost 2kgs of amphetamines.

As the Angolan woman now faces prosecution under the Irish Republic’s Drug Trafficking Act, the case has brought Portugal’s position in Europe’s drug trafficking underworld into sharp focus.

Just in 2014, PJ police identified 59 international routes using Portugal.

For the full story, see our printed edition, out on Thursday.

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