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Authorities drop drug charges after suspect refuses to use toilet for 47 days in custody

March 10, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Authorities drop drug charges after suspect refuses to use toilet for 47 days in custody

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British prosecutors were forced to dismiss drug charges against a suspect who refused to go to the bathroom while he remained in police custody for 47 days.

According to the BBC, 24-year-old Lamarr Chambers, of Brixton was arrested on January 17th, after being pursued by authorities. He reportedly swallowed drugs during the chase.

The Crown Prosecution Service revealed on Monday that the drug charges were being dropped against the suspect due to “insufficient evidence.” Officers were also forced to release Chambers as a result of “medical and legal advice.”

He was released and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Officials said 47 days is “the longest anyone has gone without going to the toilet while in custody.”

Sky News added that social media users closely looked up #PooWatch which provided updates on Chambers’ refusal to go to the bathroom.

Chambers declined to take laxatives while behind bars but ate and drank. He also had daily medical visits. However, Chambers never once excreted while in custody and refused medical treatment during his time in custody.

Officers observed Chambers, concerned that his health could be impacted after failing to defecate for 47 days.

“Where detainees are suspected of ingesting or concealing drugs inside their body, we must balance overseeing their welfare and ensuring that all evidence is captured to ensure the best possible chance of prosecution,” Deputy Chief Constable BJ Harrington stated.

“We will… not shy away from talking about the unpleasant truths that go hand in hand with the drug lifestyle, from the violence often perpetrated by those involved to the expectation on dealers to ‘plug’ drugs to avoid capture,” Harrington added.

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