We have been informed by the Hampshire Constabulary, U.K., of the death of Joromie Lewis, who succumbed shortly after consuming a contaminated 20oz Pear-D on December 5, 2013 in Southampton, Hampshire, UK. The Hampshire Constabulary has confirmed during their investigations that the bottle was tampered with and contained fatal amounts of liquid cocaine.
Since we, the manufacturers of Pear D, do not export this product to the United Kingdom, we can only assume that the product entered the United Kingdom through irregular and unauthorized means and is therefore considered contraband. This was evidenced by the fact that the best before date on the bottle seems to have been compromised. Furthermore the label on the bottle of the contaminated drink was not in compliance with the UK label regulations and could not have entered or passed through customs in the UK through its ports of entry.
As a precautionary measure, we would like to take this opportunity to advise the Trinidad and Tobago public that any product still in the market, from the batch containing the code BB JAN 08 14, which included this particular bottle is currently being voluntarily recalled.
Pear D has 25 years of trust, quality and family tradition in Trinidad and Tobago and as a Company we are shocked and saddened to see our product abused and used in such a sinister manner. Our deepest condolences are extended to the family and loved ones of Joromie Lewis at this time.
SM Jaleel has been and will continue to assist the Hampshire Constabulary with their investigations regarding this tragic matter.