'Risk of death' for drug suspect who refuses to poop

Prison poop
More than five weeks without a poop. Photo credit: Getty

A suspected drug dealer has gone 37 days without pooping because he reportedly fears what evidence police may find against him if he does.

His lawyer now says if his client's not allowed to do his business in private, he may die, UK media reports.

Lamarr Chambers, 24, was arrested following a police chase in Harlow, Essex, in mid-January. Police believe he swallowed his stash before he could be arrested, and is refusing to incriminate himself.

When he was arrested, Essex Police on Twitter made light of his refusal to poop.

"Male doesn't think we have the power to keep him until he removes said items from his bottom #think again."

On the 19th day, they said the suspect "doesn't seem to understand that eventually he will need/have to go".

It's now been 37, surpassing the previous record of 33 days according to the BBC, and police asked the court for an extension on how long they can keep Chambers in custody.

"He's in charge of his fate. He only has to co-operate with police," prosecutor Bob Rowlingson told the court.

The magistrate said Chambers' life didn't appear to be in danger yet, and ruled he could be kept in detention until he had been to the toilet. His lawyer disagreed.

"There's the potential of something going seriously wrong. We're in an arena of risk of death," Andrew Horsall told the court.

Chambers, charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug, failing to stop and driving without insurance, has been eating the whole time.

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