New Westminster – The suspect of a drug trafficking case, which was connected to an overdose death of a thirteen year old, has plead guilty. The youth suspect, who cannot be named because of his age, plead guilty on September 24th 2018 to one count of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance.
On July 15th, 2017 two teens purchased MDMA from a street level drug dealer at the 22nd Skytrain Station in New Westminster. The teens were returning to their residence in Port Coquitlam when the thirteen year old went into medical distress and later died in hospital. Toxicology results later confirmed that the thirteen year old died of a lethal overdose of MDMA.
The NWPD Street Crime Unit conducted a lengthy and thorough investigation, and with the assistance of the Coquitlam RCMP, Transit Police, and the Vancouver Police, a suspect was arrested and charged, and has since plead guilty.
“This was a tragic and heartbreaking case. We hope that the family of the 13 year old girl is able to get some sense of closure and peace after this very challenging time,” stated Sergeant Jeff Scott. “We encourage all parents to have an open dialogue with their teenagers about the risk of drug use. The NWPD Child and Youth Resource Unit works with youth and families to understand these risks.”
Sentencing is scheduled for January 15th, 2019.
See original media release here.