Pills linked to ‘killer’ batch

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Published: Monday 5th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Police have seized hundreds of pills that they believe are from a batch of ecstasy linked to at least two deaths.

Suffolk Police say they found more than 400 pills stashed in a public place near Norwich Road, Ipswich, on Sunday night.

Detectives say the seized drugs match the description of pills thought to have been taken by a 24-year-old, named in a reports as Lithuanian labourer Gediminas Kulokas, who died in Provan Court, Ipswich, on New Year’s Day, and a man named in reports as 22-year-old Justas Ropas, who died in Bramford Lane, Ipswich on Christmas Eve.

They are investigating possible links to the death of a third man, a labourer named locally as John Hocking, 20, who died after being found seriously unwell in Chestnut Close in Rendlesham, Suffolk, on January 1.

West Mercia Police believe the same drugs could be linked to the death of a 27-year-old man, named in reports as Daniel Bagnall, who was found dead at a property in Ketley, Telford, on New Year’s Day.

Chief Superintendent Jon Brighton said today: “This seizure is a significant development in our investigation into the supply of dangerous drugs which are believed to be linked to the tragic deaths of two young men in Ipswich.

“If these prove to be the same as those linked to these cases, we will have gone a significant way towards reducing the risk of further serious injury or deaths linked to this particular ecstasy pill.”

Police have urged people to hand in the red triangular pills marked with a distinctive Superman logo.

A man has been charged and two men have been bailed following arrests made as part of the investigation into the deaths.

A 19-year-old Ipswich man, Adrian Lubecki, has been charged with being concerned in the supply of ecstasy and possession with intent to supply a Class B drug.

He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court today.

Published: Monday 5th January 2015 by The News Editor

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