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Moneymore Drugs Probe

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Moneymore Drugs Probe thumbnailPolice outside a sealed-off property at Northland Road, Moneymore yesterday morning, Monday.

A MAN, aged in his 30s, has died and another man, aged in his 20s, remains in serious condition in hospital following an incident in Moneymore which Police believe may be drugs related.

The incidents happened at a property on Northland Road, Moneymore late on Sunday evening, and it is believed that a number of other people may have also sought medical attention after becoming unwell following the consumption of drugs.

The 34-year-old man is believed to be from Cookstown but had been living in  Moneymore  for just over a year. Following the tragic events, Mid-Ulster Police issued a warning about the dangers of taking unknown substances and have appealed for information about the incidents.

Detective Chief Inspector Brian Foster told the Courier: "We are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 34-year-old man from the Moneymore area late on Sunday 27th May.

"While a post-mortem examination has yet to take place to determine the cause of this tragic death, a possible link to drug or substance abuse is a strong line of enquiry.

"A 26-year-old man remains in hospital where his condition is described as serious.

"Our investigation is at an early stage but we believe that drugs may be a factor in both incidents.

"We are trying to establish the circumstances of what happened and I am appealing for anyone who was at the property on Northland Road in Moneymore or anyone who has any information about the incident to contact detectives based in Mid Ulster on 101."

He continued: "We would strongly advise anyone considering taking any type of substance not to do so. Our advice is very simple: Do not take illegal drugs; do not take prescription medication that has not been prescribed for you and do not mix either with alcohol. The consequences of ignoring this advice can be life-threatening.

"If you have taken drugs or other substances and are feeling unwell, please seek medical attention immediately.

"If you see or know of anyone who is dealing drugs in your local area, contact your local police on 101 or call 999 in an emergency or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 and pass on any details that you may have."

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