A 24-year-old man from Brixton is accused of swallowing evidence that would've gotten him charged with drug dealing. The problem? Authorities don't have the proof... yet.
Lamarr Chambers was arrested on January 17th after a police chase in Harlow, Essex, in which police claim they saw Chambers move his hand towards head as if he was putting something in his mouth. Chambers claims he was eating fried chicken, but police suspect it was actually illegal drugs that Chambers was trying to digest in order to hide the evidence.
He's since been placed in a cell with a special toilet designed to collect a stool sample, which Chambers has been refusing to use for 40 straight days. And it's extremely dangerous. According to a gastroenterologist from the British Society of Gastroenterology, if Chambers did swallow the evidence as claimed, he runs the risk of the drugs themselves leaking into his system and causing an overdose. In 2015, a teenager with an extreme fear of using toilets died of a heart attack after withholding a bowel movement for eight straight weeks.
Police have had six court hearings to extend their custody of Chambers, every time assuming it's only a matter of time until there will be evidence to collect.
Prosecutors believe Chambers has been purposefully declining food to prevent bathroom use, having previously refused laxatives and an X-ray. Meanwhile, Chambers' defense lawyer argues his client has been trying to use the bathroom all along and his detainment is a human rights violation.
After Chambers was seen driving through Harlow at a concerningly low speed, police took notice and tried to pull him over, but Chambers didn't stop. So far, Chambers is charged with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin, failure to stop for police, and driving without insurance.
Hopefully, Chambers agrees to let nature take its course before his situation goes from bad to worse.
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