Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Seizure 'linked to ecstasy dealers'

The drugs seizure has been linked to a deadly batch of ecstasy
The drugs seizure has been linked to a deadly batch of ecstasy

A 27,000 euro drugs stash suspected of being linked to dealers peddling a deadly ecstasy mix which killed two young men has been seized.

The 12 ounce (340g) haul of brown powder was recovered from a field in the Bishopstown area of Cork.

Michael Coleman and Liam Coffey were found dead in a rented house in Kinsale, Co Cork, on Sunday and are suspected of using some of the drug.

Gardai and health chiefs have warned users against taking the substance, which is known to contain Methylamphetamine (MDMA Ecstasy) and Paramethoxymethamphetamine (PMMA).

The drug has a street nickname Mandy.

Superintendent Eddie MacEoin, who is heading up the probe, linked the seized substance to investigations into the drug deaths.

"We are satisfied that it is similar to the brown powder that we had already seized as part of the investigation," he said.

The brown powder has been sent for detailed toxicology tests.

The funeral of Mr Coffey took place in Affane, Co Waterford and Mr Coleman was buried on Wednesday in Dungarvan.

Toxicology results on the men's blood are not expected to be completed for several weeks. Four arrests have been made in the Cork area following the drug related deaths.

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