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Cocaine smuggler Bennet Schwartz found dead in prison cell had PTSD and ‘mental health issues’

A convicted cocaine smuggler and former Rio Tinto employee found dead in his prison cell had been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder after previously being assaulted in jail.

Bennet Schwartz, 34, was awaiting trial over further drug smuggling charges when he was found dead at Silverwater’s Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre on Saturday.

A California-based lawyer previously contacted Daily Mail Australia stating Schwartz’s time in custody over an earlier conviction for importing a commercial quantity of cocaine had ruined his life.

‘Mr Schwartz’s involvement with the alleged drug ring was highly sensationalized and results in Mr Schwartz being labelled a drug “kingpin” whilst incarcerated and subsequently assaulted,’ attorney Lars F Kushner wrote.


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