Coroner says U.K. anthrax infections could be foul play

A coroner investigating the deaths of at least 12 heroin addicts in the United Kingdom has revealed that the addicts might have been the victims of foul play.

Dr. Paul Knapman, a coroner working on the still unsolved anthrax deaths, told that the deaths, which followed the injection of heroin tainted with anthrax, might have been an intentional plan to kill heroin users.

Knapman made his announcement during an inquest into the death of Lucia Sgura, a 44-year-old heroin user who died from anthrax infection on March 27.

"Have the police considered that there are mischievous people who wish to introduce heroin and kill heroin addicts?" Knapman said, reports. "If it were, all these deaths are unsolved murders."

Detective Sergeant Gary Redmond said that the idea had been considered but discarded.

"We have considered it but there is no evidence of foul play," Redmond said, according to "I have no doubt that the heroin was contaminated by anthrax in the production or transportation when animal hides are used."

Redmon said that the heroin that caused Sgura's death was probably contaminated with anthrax by either being produced or stored in animal hides in Afghanistan.

Thirty-one people in Britain were diagnosed with anthrax infections as a result of anthrax infections from the tainted heroin.