British man arrested in Canada after friend’s ashes test positive for drugsBy Mason White 5:43 PM March 16, 2016
|Russell Laight (left) with Richard Croft|
By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A widow of the United Kingdom, was shocked by officials’ claim that her husband’s remains tested positive for drugs.
Russell Laight, 41, flew from England to Canada, with a portion of the ashes from his deceased friend Simon Darby.
Laight was transporting the ashes, which he was supposed to hand over to Richard Croft, a mutual friend in Nova Scotia. Darby had requested his ashes to be spread in Atlantic, Canada.
Due to bad weather conditions, the flight was diverted from Halifax to St. John’s International Airport in Newfoundland.
Customs officials found the bag of the ashes, which Laight did not declare. A customs official tested the remains and it tested positive for ketamine.
Laight was arrested and taken to jail, where he was held for five days.
Meanwhile, Darby’s widow sent officials in Canada, the death certificate and a list of drugs that her husband took before he died of cancer.
After being in jail a few days, family friend Tracey Jonasson said that she came up with an idea and asked Laight’s lawyer to have Health Canada retest the ashes.
When it was retested, it was determined that there were no drugs and only human remains in the package. Laight was finally released from jail. Laight did not rest until the ashes were returned a few days later.