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Youth sentenced in overdose death of thirteen year old

New Westminster – After pleading guilty, the suspect of a drug trafficking case, which was connected to an overdose death of a thirteen year old, has been sentenced to 4 months of open custody, 2 months of community supervision, and 18 months of intensive support and supervision.

The youth, who cannot be named because of his age, plead guilty on September 24th 2018 to one count of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance.

“Essentially, he was sentenced to 2 months in youth detention, followed by community supervision, and intensive support and supervision,” stated Sergeant Jeff Scott. “We continue to work closely with our community partners to help educate teenagers about the risk of drug use, and to provide assistance to parents and guardians as they navigate the challenges and complexities of supporting their teenagers.”

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, the youth suspect was charged and pled guilty.

See original media release here.

See media release re: guilty plea here.



CONTACT PERSON:  Sergeant Jeff Scott

PHONE: 604-529-2423