The BBC reports “poo watch” has officially ended in the UK, with 24-year-old Lamarr Chambers released on Monday after 47 days in custody in which he refused to have a bowel movement. Chambers was arrested in Essex on Jan. 17, and police suspected the alleged drug dealer had swallowed his stash—and decided to wait him out. It didn’t work after what Sky News reports was seven court hearings in which police sought custody extensions, and even though Chambers ate and drank daily.
Prosecutors decided to drop the charges—possession with intent to supply—against him due to “insufficient evidence,” though he was then re-arrested by police on different drug charges—suspicion of being concerned in the supply.
He was released on bail; Chambers was then taken to a hospital and treated. The BBC reports it’s believed to be the longest anyone in custody has gone without pooping, though the human body can go longer. Newser previously reportedt that a 16-year-old British girl died in 2013 after she reportedly did not have a bowel movement for eight weeks.