An awful mix-up happened in one family's home leaving a father dead after drinking what he thought was a health drink. Romano Dias, 55, was given what they believed was a fruit-based health drink by his daughter Katee. Katee had been delivered a package in the mail to her home in London months earlier that contained the liquid. It had the correct address but the wrong name. She kept it thinking she would return it to the post office, but forgot. Eventually she gave it to her dad.
Her father drank about half a glass of the contents when he immediately began to feel ill. He said it tasted awful. His throat immediately began burning and then he said, "I am in trouble here. I am dying. I am dead." And moments later he was. It was later learned that the drink may have been sent by a real-life Walter White from Breaking Bad.
It wasn't a health drink, but it was pure methamphetamine in liquid form, which worth was believed to be about 55,000 American dollars. Romano's daughter Katee had no idea the drink would kill her father -- she had no idea it was drugs -- it was all just a horrifying mistake.
Crystal meth is apparently rare in the UK and investigators believe the delivery to Katee's home was an attempt for drug dealers to introduce the very addictive substance overseas. Detective Inspector Ian Simmons reported, "I would say it is highly likely it was destined for a dealer. It is unique, this is not an event that happens in Cambridgeshire or elsewhere. This was a completely unaccountable and unforseen chain of events."
The packaging the meth was delivered in has long been tossed in the garbage so investigators may never know its origin. Dias' tragic death has been ruled accidental. And sadly a daughter is most likely dealing with guilt in addition to the loss of her father.
Have you ever kept something delivered to you accidentally? Does this story make you re-think doing that?
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