The Met Police have issued a warning after a woman in Ilford fell ill when she consumed a fake cannabis gummy thought to contain a synthetic cannabinoid.
The 23-year-old passed away on Saturday at an east London hospital, the BBC reports. Both she and a friend consumed the gummies last Tuesday and immediately fell ill.
The BBC reported that the women ordered what they thought to be cannabis gummies to their home in Ilford via a messaging app last week, which arrived at the door.
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After eating one sweet each, the 23-year-old and 21-year-old felt immediately unwell and were admitted to the hospital where they stayed for several days.
The first woman passed away on Saturday, while the second was discharged following treatment. A man who supplied the gummies has now been charged in relation to the woman’s death.
A number of sweets have been recovered by the police, who have now issued warnings over gummies containing fake or synthetic cannabinoids.
“Please do not buy or consume these products,” said the Met Police’s Chief Supt Stuart Bell. “They are illegal and, because of the child-friendly packaging, they can pose a risk of accidental consumption.”
The police are currently investigating whether this specific sweet was part of a larger batch of gummies. They’ve currently warned that the gummies sold to the girls featured "Trrlli Peachie O’s" packaging and branding.
"Drug dealers harm communities and risk the safety of individuals. We will take positive action to target those engaged in this activity as well as those found in possession of these substances,” added Bell.
The man arrested on suspicion of supplying the synthetic drug was reportedly discovered with a large sum of cash and what is now thought to be more edible cannabis products.
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