Urgent ‘cannabis sweets’ warning after woman, 23, dies from ‘illegal substance’

An urgent warning about taking illegal substances in the form of "cannabis sweets" has been sent out by police following the tragic death of a 23-year-old woman.

The woman bought what she believed were cannabis sweets, also known as "gummies", and had them dropped to her house.

According to police, she and her 21-year-old friend each ate one sweet and both immediately felt unwell.

Officers and ambulances raced to the Ilford property and both women were taken to an east London hospital on 29 March.

Tragically, the 23-year-old woman died in hospital a few days later.

Officers are now awaiting the results of a post-mortem and tests on a number of illegal sweets they recovered.

A police investigation is now under way to establish exactly what happened and hopefully identify any other cases where people have become unwell following the ingestion of cannabis sweets.

According to officers, they are aware of one potentially linked case where a woman was taken unwell after eating a cannabis sweet in Tower Hamlets.

A man was reportedly arrested on Friday (1 April) after being found in possession of edible cannabis products and large quantities of cash.

He was charged the following day with possession with intent to supply Class B synthetic cannabinoid.

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

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“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.

“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.

"Anyone with information about people selling illegal products such as these is asked to speak with local officers, call police on 101 or, to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers.”

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