Woman, 23, dies after eating cannabis gummy sweet – with second victim in hospital

Detectives say the woman and her 21-year-old friend both immediately felt unwell after taking just one sweet, which they believed contained cannabis, each in Ilford, east London

The tragic death has prompted police to issue a warning (File photo)

A 23-year-old woman has died after eating what she thought was a cannabis sweet and her friend was taken to hospital.

Detectives say the woman and her 21-year-old pal both immediately felt unwell after taking just one sweet each.

The tragic death has prompted police to issue a warning not to buy or consume such products.

The woman, who has not been named, bought what she thought were cannabis sweets – also known as gummies – via a messaging app on her phone on Tuesday March 29.

The items were delivered to her home.

But police and paramedics were called to an address in Ilford, east London, later that night after the two women fell ill and both women were taken to a nearby hospital.

The older woman tragically died in hospital on Saturday.

The woman bought what she thought were cannabis sweets (file photo)


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A special post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course.

The second woman has since been discharged from hospital following treatment.

Police are waiting on the result of tests on a number of sweets which have been recovered.

Detectives say urgent inquiries are under way to establish the full circumstances and to identify any other cases where people have become seriously unwell after eating cannabis sweets, gummies or similar products.

Officers are aware of one “potentially linked” case in which a woman was taken well earlier in March after eating a cannabis sweet in Tower Hamlets, east London. She was taken to hospital, but later discharged.

The woman bought the ‘gummies’ via an app (File photo)


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Inquiries are ongoing to establish whether that sweet was part of the same batch linked with the Ilford death.

Leon Brown, 37, was arrested in connection with the incident on April 1.

He was subsequently charged with possession with intent to supply Class B synthetic cannabinoid, being concerned in the supply of a synthetic cannabinoid, and possession with intent to supply a psychoactive substance.

Chief Superintendent Stuart Bell, of the Met Police, said: “I must warn the public against taking any illegal substances, including those packaged in the form of cannabis sweets.

“Please do not buy or consume these products. They are illegal and, because of the child-friendly packaging, they can pose a risk of accidental consumption.

“The particular batch of sweets were contained in packaging featuring ‘Trrlli Peachie O’s’ branding. It has not been confirmed at this stage where the sweets were manufactured.”

He added: “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.”

Brown, of South Norwood, south London, appeared in custody at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Monday.


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