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Aide to American producer killed by drugs fined in Uganda

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By Jocelyn Edwards

An assistant to an American television producer who died after taking contaminated cocaine in Uganda pleaded guilty on Thursday to drug possession, paid a fine and was freed, her lawyers said.

Kathryne Fuller, 29, was charged with possession of cocaine after taking drugs with producer Jeff Rice, who was found dead in a Kampala hotel on February 18.

An official toxicology report confirmed the drug was in Rice’s blood, dispelling initial suspicions that the father-of-two known for his work on the U.S. show “The Amazing Race” had been poisoned by attackers.

“She was given the option of a fine of 1 million shillings ($420) or six months’ imprisonment,” Paul Rutisya, Fuller’s lawyer, told Reuters. “We (paid) the fine.”

The South African woman was found unconscious in a hotel room at the same time that Rice’s body was discovered.

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Cab driver admits selling ‘bad cocaine’ to Amazing Race producer who died in Uganda

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A cab driver has confessed to selling American television producer Jeff Rice the tainted drugs which killed him in a hotel in Uganda, it emerged today.

Moses Kalanzi, a 23-year-old ‘special hire driver’, was arrested for allegedly supplying contaminated cocaine to Mr Rice and his assistant Kathryne Fuller, who has been left paralysed after taking the drug.

The driver is co-operating with police and could face charges for his role in the transaction, according to Ugandan newspaper the Daily Monitor.

An official toxicology report confirmed the narcotic was in Jeff Rice’s blood, dispelling initial suspicions the father-of-two known for his work on the U.S. show ‘The Amazing Race,’ had been poisoned by attackers.

Police say a quantity of heroin was also discovered in the hotel room and they have arrested a local dealer who they suspect to have supplied the drugs.

Uganda police spokesperson Asuman Mugenyi said: ‘Rice … used cocaine which had lethal additives and that’s what killed him.’

Brad Nathanson, a private investigator and friend of Mr Rice, said he had been shown the toxicology report by police and there was no evidence of ‘foul play’ in Rice’s death.

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Amazing Race Producer Jeff Rice Found Dead In Uganda

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In breaking news today, reports are rolling in that Jeff Rice – a producer of “The Amazing Race” and an avid adventurer – was found dead in a Uganda hotel room in the capital city of Kampala. First accounts of the incident reveal that Jeff Rice, 39, and his female production assistant, Ms Catherine Fuller, were poisoned by local gang members after refusing to submit to a “shakedown” for valuables.

Rice was usually the front man for setting up The Amazing Race activities throughout Africa, and at the time of the incident, he and his assistant were working on some of the African destinations for this year’s Amazing Race, season #20.

Rice and Fuller were initially believed to have died from choking, however further investigation revealed that a massive amount of illicit drug was present. Authorities had also discovered some of the drug in the hotel room.

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