Drugs killed SEALS

Drugs appear to have caused the deaths of two armed guards whose bodies were found in a cabin on board the Maersk Alabama nearly three months ago.

In a statement the Seychelles police said toxicology reports indicate a lethal combination of heroin and alcohol killed Mark Kennedy and Jeffrey Reynolds, US security contractors who were hired to protect the Maersk Line Limited containership from pirates.

"Further forensic analysis done on stomach contents and blood samples of the two officers sent to Mauritius has revealed no trace of any poison, thus ruling out foul play,” officials said in an announcement released by a government-funded news agency.

“The same analysis carried out on the heroin sample discovered and seized by the police in the cabin had a purity of the heroin at 44%. Blood sample analysis has as well shown that the two men had also been consuming alcohol.”

As TradeWinds has reported, the bodies of the 44-year-old Americans were found on 18 February 2014 when the containership was docked at a terminal in Port Victoria, which is located on the main island of Mahe in the Seychelles archipelago.

An autopsy performed by local investigators shortly after determined that the former Navy SEALS suffered heart attacks. These findings, coupled with statements from the duo’s employer, led some to suspect foul play even though drug paraphernalia was found at the scene.

 “Clearly stated on each autopsy report is that death by drug overdose is ruled out,” Trident Group president Tom Rothrauff told TradeWinds in a lengthy telephone interview conducted shortly after local pathologists released the findings of their examination.

The 1,068-teu containership Maersk Alabama (built 1998) first made TradeWinds headlines in 2009 when it was hijacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden and later served as the centerpiece of ‘Captain Philips’, a Hollywood blockbuster starring Tom Hanks.

Attempts to reach Rothrauff, who was angered by the onslaught of negative news coverage and urged the public not to jump to conclusions before the toxicology reports were complete when the incident first occurred, were not immediately successfully at the time of writing Wednesday evening.

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