Ecstasy clubber, 22, dead

By Abrad · Jul 26, 2006 · ·
  1. Abrad
    COPS yesterday alerted pub and clubgoers to a batch of pink ‘kangaroo’ ecstasy tablets after a man collapsed and died.

    Darren Baker, 22, was found lying in an alley in Newmarket, Suffolk, at 2am on Sunday after visiting nightspots. He was dead 12 hours later.

    He is thought to have taken one or more of the speckled two-tone pink pills, which have a kangaroo shape cut in them.

    Detective Inspector Martin Wright said Darren, of Burwell, Cambs, may have “taken a quantity” of ecstasy pills. A post mortem was held last night to try to determine what killed him.

    Newmarket mayor Warwick Hirst said: “He was only 22. It’s very sad.”

    A man, 27, is on police bail after being quizzed over supplying ecstasy.

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  1. Alfa
    Is there anything in a normal newspaper about this? It would be very hard to die from consumption of MDMA.
  2. zasabi
    ya thats y they r trin 2 find out wit was ACTUALLY in those pillz
  3. Abrad
    Two arrests in Ecstasy probe
    TWO more people have been arrested in connection with the death of a young clubber who is believed to have taken Ecstasy.

    Darran Baker, 22, of Burwell, died in West Suffolk Hospital after being found unwell in an alleyway off Newmarket's Grosvenor Yard, close to De Niro's nightclub.

    A man and woman, both 22, have been arrested on suspicion of supplying of Class A drugs.

    A 27-year-old Newmarket man who had been arrested on Monday on suspicion of supplying class A drugs has been granted bail until October 9 when he is due to return to the town police station for further questioning.

    Police said yesterday (Tuesday, 25 July) further tests are to be carried out to establish how Darran died.

    It is thought he may have taken the drug Ecstasy and police issued a warning about pink tablets with a kangaroo embossed on them.

    But a post-mortem examination carried out by a pathologist at West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, yesterday (Tuesday, 25 July) did not show what killed him.

    Further tests are to be carried out and results may not be known for several weeks.

    Darran's family have said they do not want to comment. His home was at Hythe Close, Burwell.

    Det Insp Martin Wright, who is leading the investigation, has issued a warning about the batch of pills which Darran is thought to have taken.

    He said: "From the initial inquiries police officers have made, it is understood that Mr Baker may have taken a quantity of Ecstasy tablets which are currently in circulation. These are described as speckled two-tone pink, with kangaroo shapes cut into them."

    Darran's death came just two days after a 20- year-old man stopped breathing after a night out in Newmarket.

    The young man was revived by ambulance paramedics and was allowed home after 12 hours in hospital.

    He told the News he believed his drink had been spiked.
  4. Abrad
    Tragic reveller may have taken ecstasy
    POLICE have arrested a man on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs following the death of a young man after a night out in a Suffolk town.

    Darren Baker, 22, was rushed to hospital after becoming seriously ill near a nightspot in Newmarket in the early hours of Sunday. It is believed he may have taken “a quantity” of ecstasy tablets.

    Efforts to save Mr Baker - from the nearby village of Burwell - were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at 3pm that afternoon.

    Suffolk police confirmed a 27-year-old man, from Newmarket, had been arrested in connection with the incident, and he was being questioned at Bury Police Station last night.

    Officers also released a description of ecstasy tablets thought to have been taken by Mr Baker, and issued a warning over the dangers of illegal drugs.

    Last night, residents in Newmarket spoke of their shock at hearing of Mr Baker's death, which is currently being described as “unexplained” by police.

    Hollie Hinc , who runs the Istanbul Kebab shop, in the High Street, with her husband, Sukru , said: “There are normally a lot of people about at that time of the morning and it is not unusual for police to be in the area, but nothing like this has ever happened before so it is a real shock and a shame that someone has died.”

    Warwick Hirst, mayor of Newmarket, said: “For someone to die at just 22 years old, when they have got their whole life in front of them, is very, very sad, and I am sure people in the town will feel shocked by what has happened.”

    Mr Baker was standing in an alleyway off Grovesnor Yard when he became “unsteady on his feet and appeared very unwell”.

    Police officers who were on patrol nearby were made aware of the situation, which unfolded at around 2am.

    An ambulance was called, but the officers are believed to have taken Mr Baker to West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury, themselves.

    A spokesman for Suffolk police said: “From the initial enquiries that police officers have made, it is understood that Mr Baker may have taken a quantity of ecstasy tablets which are currently in circulation.

    “These are described as speckled two-tone pink, with kangaroo shapes cut into them.”

    A post mortem examination will now take place to determine the exact cause of Mr Baker's death. The spokesman added: “As a precautionary measure, police are reminding people of the dangers of taking illegal drugs.”

    A spokesman for the East Anglian Ambulance Service said a call was received at just after 2am informing them someone was unwell in the town centre.

    “A crew was sent to Newmarket, but on arrival, they discovered police had already taken the patient to hospital,” he said.
  5. Abrad
    Lethal Ecstasy pills found following death of clubber
    DEADLY Ecstasy pills which may already have killed one clubber have been seized in Cambridge.

    Police fear a shipment of the lethal tablets, which are pink with a kangarooshaped imprint, may have been distributed across the area after a 22-year-old clubber died on a night out in Newmarket.

    Darran Baker, of Hythe Close, Burwell, died after collapsing outside De Niro's nightclub in the early hours of Sunday, and detectives believe he had taken Ecstasy earlier in the evening.

    Now drugs officers have warned the distinctive pills have been seized on two occasions in Cambridge in the last six weeks - suggesting they are readily available in the city.

    The drugs were seized in separate incidents in Cambridge, with around 20 pills confiscated on one occasion, and around 10 on the other.

    A 31-year-old man from Bourne, Lincolnshire, was arrested on suspicion of possessing Class A drugs on Jesus Green on June 3, the day of the Strawberry Fair, and has been bailed until August 16, while the second batch of pills were seized in a raid in Hanover Court on June 2.

    Pc Gavin Guy, drugs intelligence officer for Cambridge police, said:

    "These pink Ecstasy tablets are very distinctive, and the pills we seized have been to the lab and confirmed as containing MDMA which is the controlled drug known as Ecstasy.

    "I have never seen these pink tablets before, so obviously there is a good chance they are linked to the pills which have been described by officers investigating the death in Newmarket.

    "What we don't want is people reading about the death and thinking it is only Newmarket and forgetting about it, because we have reason to believe these pills are available in Cambridge too. The problem is you never know what is in a pill - we would never advocate taking any controlled drug, but with, for example, herbal cannabis, it is a plant which is grown and everyone knows what it looks like and smells like.

    "There are mental health issues and other serious issues related to cannabis, but you know what you are taking - other drugs can contain anything.

    "At the moment we are finding cocaine is being cut with novocaine, which is a painkiller, and with Ecstasy you are taking a tablet so you never know what you're getting."

    The varying make-up of Ecstasy pills is dangerous for a number of reasons, not least because weak or dud pills can tempt users to take more than they usually would.

    Pc Guy said: "We had the case of Clifford Bailey, a 72-year-old man who was jailed for selling Ecstasy tablets at Strawberry Fair, which were found not to contain any controlled drugs at all.

    "If someone buys pills like those they can take one, not feel an effect, then take a second and a third and a fourth. The next time they buy some they might take four at once and, if they contain MDMA, you have an overdose on your hands."

    Bailey, from Milton Keynes, was passing off plaster of Paris tablets as Ecstasy pills when he was arrested on Midsummer Common, in Cambridge, last June, and was jailed for 12 months, along with his 45-year-old son Trevor, who was also involved in the scam.

    Pc Guy said the pink pills with the kangaroo motif were relatively new to the drugs market in Cambridge, and warned users to avoid them at all costs.

    He said: "We know people use Ecstasy as a party drug and we will never be able to stamp that out entirely as it is in common and cheap supply.

    "People have their preferences, pills they think work for them, and we know there are some varieties which are particularly prevalent such as Mitsubishis and Two Cherries which people look for. But the warning to people who use the drug would be: If you are offered pink kangaroo design pills they may be unusually strong or have some other ingredient which will have an adverse reaction, so do not take them."

    Det Insp Martin Wright, who is leading the investigation into Mr Baker's death, also urged people to take note of what had happened and steer clear of Ecstasy, whether it matches the description of the pink speckled pills or not.

    He said: "We know that the appearance of Ecstasy tablets tends to follow fashions, with a batman imprint, or a pink panther print, or the kangaroo print.

    "I'm not a chemist, but my understanding is that people can die from taking one tablet, so the message has to be that we advise people not to take controlled drugs of any kind - that is always the message."

    ■ A 27-year-old Newmarket man was arrested on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs following Mr Baker's death and has been released on bail until October 9.

    Two others quizzed in connection with the case, a man and a woman, both aged 22 and both from Newmarket, have been released on bail until October 8.

    Mr Baker died in West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, 12 hours after he was found, and an inquest into his death was opened and adjourned yesterday (Thursday, 27 July).

    Coroner Dr Peter Dean received a post mortem report which stated the cause of death was not yet known, and the results of further tests are expected to be reported to the full inquest.

    ■ The seizure of ecstasy in Cambridge follows several high-profile police operations in the county, with large hauls of drugs intercepted en route to the city.

    On Monday, June 12, two women were arrested after they were stopped travelling towards Cambridge on the M11 near Duxford.

    They are alleged to have been ferrying a stash of cocaine with a street value of around £9,000.

    Sharon Kobil, 28, of Wisbech Road, Littleport, and Charmain Dilbert, 37, of Wakefield Road, Seven Sisters, London, have been charged with possession of cocaine with intent to supply, possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply, and possession of cocaine.

    And on Thursday, June 29, a man was arrested after heroin worth £50,000 was found in a car travelling towards Cambridge on the A14 near Ellington.Police said it was the largest-ever seizure of drugs in the Cambridge area, and it was likely the heroin was destined for the city's streets.

    Gary Radley, 35, of Ditton Fields, Cambridge and 44-year-old David Randles, of Exning Road, Newmarket, have both been charged with possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.

    The 'backbone' of the rave scene

    ECSTASY is a mind-altering stimulant taken as pills which often vary in colour with different logos marking out particular "brands".

    Ecstasy is also known as E, pills or disco biscuits and the active ingredient is MDMA, a chemical which produces intense feelings of pleasure, empathy, warmth and happiness.

    Users often feel emotionally open and more willing to chat to strangers, and find their sense of touch and colour heightened. The effects generally kick in after about 20 minutes, lasting between four and six hours.

    Ecstasy users often experience a "comedown" when the drug wears off, leaving them physically and emotionally drained with fluctuating moods and depression.

    Death is the most notorious risk of Ecstasy, with more than 100 fatalities linked to the drug in the UK over the last 10 years, which is most commonly caused by the body overheating as it fails to regulate its own temperature.

    The drug was first developed by German pharmaceutical company Bayer in 1912, but was shelved as it had no apparent use and was only rediscovered in the US in the 60s.

    In the late 80s it reappeared as the backbone of the rave scene which later matured into the dance and club scene of today (Friday, 28 July), and more than 500,000 people are thought to take Ecstasy on a regular basis in the UK.

    Tragic consequences of party drug's cheap high

    THE dangers of taking Ecstasy have been highlighted by several tragic deaths which shocked the nation.

    Among those to have died from the effects of the drug is Leah Betts, whose parents published a picture of her on a life support machine after she took Ecstasy at her 18th birthday party in Essex in 1995.

    Another victim was Lorna Spinks, a sociology student at APU, now ARU, who collapsed outside The Junction in Clifton Road, Cambridge, after taking Ecstasy and later died in hospital.

    The most recent British Crime Survey revealed drug use among 16 to 24-year-olds is at an all-time high, with around 15 per cent having tried it, and recreational drug use is as common in girls as boys.

    The popularity of "party drugs" such as Ecstasy is partly fuelled by their low price - a recent study suggests Ecstasy pills often sell for around £3 each - a cheap high which can have a devastating effect.

    In April doctors revealed the biggest recorded user of Ecstasy - a man estimated to have taken 40,000 pills in his life.

    The 37-year-old's 25 tablets a day was far higher than the previous recorded record use of 2,000 pills, and left him with memory problems seven years after he stopped taking the drug.
  6. Sky Walker
    That really sounds like he IS advocating the use of cannabis, at least over ecstacy.

    All very good reasons for legeslation. They're on the verge of a realisation.

    Even better reason, he even goes as far to say they will NEVER stamp it out.

    Ahh, but then this idiot comes along and even worse, I think he's incharge.

    100 deaths in 10 years, well, what can I say, figures like this simply blow me away. Why is it taking so long to click. That's such a tiny tiney number, around 10 deaths a year linked to ecstacy, most likely combined with alochol and other drugs including adulterants in the pills. Compare this with the amount of deaths caused in the U.K every year by alochol around 33000.

    Again this only goes to show how safe MDMA can be, even at these crazy high amounts all that it left him with were, memory problems.
  7. Nagognog2
    It would be nice if someone around this area could find one of the suspected articles to test for PMA.
  8. radiometer
    Pc Gavin Guy makes a good argument for the use of ecstasy testing kits, though he fails to realize it.
  9. big-lester
    i don't have enough words for this article (the cambridge news one), when i started reading it i immediately saw incorrect things, which i would've wanted to point out (although you guys already know all of it anyway), but after reading the entire article, i'm not going to point out anything because i would be writing all day long. this is ridiculous, stating all kinds of bullshit, without being albe to back it up, although ofcourse the average person which reads this paper every day will believe it. that's just too bad

    they didn't mention that MDMA itself is never really the problem, they hardly mentioned anything about PMA or other nasty stuff they might put in pills.

  10. tre2005be
    swims friend got offered some pink kangaroos and some blue somethin or anothers while he was at work, but declined to buy any as he had no money on him, probably a good thing he didnt.
  11. Alfa
    It would have impact if someone got hold of these pills and get them to a xtc testing facility for full analysis. I'll bet that the analysis would show another cause for the fatality.
  12. tre2005be
    swim would tell his friend to get some, but swims friend is very unlikely to heed swims advice about them being dangerous, so its probably not a good idea.
  13. Abrad
    According to pillreports the pink kangaroo pills are very good and have high MDMA content. Is hyponatrenia not a suspect here?
  14. Alfa
    You mean hyponatremia: A deficiency of sodium in the blood. Please explain.
  15. Micklemouse
    Hyponaetremia is commonly caused by excessive drinking of water, as in the case of Leah Betts, & probably many other less high profile ecstasy casualties. Not pleasant, & eventually causes the dissolving of cell walls & such delights.

    The batch on Pillreports is from Ireland, & were reagent tested (allegedly) as pure. This doesn't mean that the Cambridge pills, despite being police lab-tested (allegedly again) as containing MDMA are the same batch, or that the Cambridge pills didn't contain other adulterants, although one would hope that a) this would also be tested for, & b) if found, later reported. One can always hope.

    So far this appears to be - other than a similar incident, with a different brand I believe, in London - an isolated and tragic incident.
  16. ~lostgurl~
    Musical Ecstasy Pills Caused Teens Death

    Another reported MDMA related death:

    Tuesday, 1 August, 2006

    Musical ecstasy pills caused teen's death


    Durham Regional Police are asking for the public's help in an investigation involving a 15-year-old girl who died after ingesting the illegal street drug ecstasy.

    Emergency crews responded to a call from a Zeller's store located at 100 Kingston Rd. after the Ajax teen collapsed on July 15. She slipped into a coma before passing away last Wednesday.

    Police are looking for information regarding yellow ecstasy tablets stamped with musical notes on them. Investigators say the man-made drug, also known as MDMA, give the appearance of harmless candy but are extremely dangerous, often containing a variety of other substances, including ephedrine, amphetamine, ketamine and LSD.

    Police in the region are worried that the potentially deadly pills may be circulating in the area. A funeral was held for the teen this past Saturday in Ajax.

    swims first E was a yellow music note..........
  17. grecian
    i always take these police warnings about specific pills with a large pinch of salt (or sumthing stronger). these pills are made in big batches and there arent loads of ppl dropping dead or being hospitalised due to taking them (im sure this unfortunate man didnt have them all to himself). if there were then it would be all over the media.

    i think the most u'd have to worry about of these kangaroos is a shit high and a worse comedown.
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