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British teenager becomes fifth party drug victim of Ibiza summer season

An 18-year-old girl died on Tuesday morning at a hospital in Ibiza becoming the fifth person to die after taking drugs on the island since the start of the summer.

British teenager becomes fifth party drug victim of Ibiza summer season
West End in San Antonio Photo: Alex Harries / Flickr

The teenager was admitted into Can Misses hospital during the early hours of Tuesday morning suffering adverse affects after consuming what is thought to have been ecstasy tablets.

The girl had consumed a couple of MDMA tablets over the course of the weekend and had felt unwell during Monday before seeking medical treatment, according to a report in local newspaper Diario de Ibiza.

The hospital said she suffered heart failure shortly after being transferred from a medical centre in San Antonio where she had been taken by her friends.

“We can confirm the death of a British national in Ibiza on 22 September. We have been in contact with the family to provide support at this difficult time,” a spokesman for the British Embassy in Madrid told The Local.

Island authorities confirm that is the fifth suspected drug death on the island since the start of the summer season.

In June, British tourist Andrew Watson, 32, died in San Antonio. He was found having convulsions on the floor of his hotel room after taking drugs and died before paramedics arrived.

Later that month two other men, aged 35 and 36, were found dead at a flat in Santa Eulária on the eastern side of the island, after taking drugs.

In July, 21 year old Alan Drennan from Northern Ireland was found dead in his hotel room, a death blamed locally on a drug overdose although a second post mortem in Dublin found he had suffered head injuries.

In August two British officers joined local police in patrolling the streets of San Antonio, a resort on the west of the island which has a reputation for organised drug gangs peddling party pills to holidaymakers.

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Spanish police make ‘biggest ever haul of synthetic drugs’

Spanish police said Friday they had seized a record 827,000 ecstasy tablets as well as other narcotics in what they called "the biggest ever seizure of synthetic drugs" in Spain.

Spanish police make 'biggest ever haul of synthetic drugs'
Police claim the seizure is the biggest in Spanish history. Photo: Guardia Civil and the National Police
In a joint operation, the Guardia Civil and the National Police smashed “the main international criminal organisation behind the production and supply of most of the synthetic drugs in Spain”, they said in a joint statement.
   
Synthetic drugs are manufactured using man-made chemicals rather than natural ingredients.
   
Eleven people were arrested on charges of drug trafficking and belonging to a criminal organisation, including the organisation's Dutch boss.
 
   
As well as the ecstasy tabs, police also seized 76 kilos (167 pounds) of speed, 39.5 kilos of crystal meth and 217 litres of liquid amphetamine with which they could have produced 738.5 kilos of speed.
   
They also impounded almost 400 kilos of hashish and marijuana which they were to have exported to The Netherlands to pay for the purchase of the necessary substances to manufacture the drugs at two labs in Barcelona.
   
The organisation included traffickers from Spain, The Netherlands, Romania, Colombia and Italy and had bases in Barcelona, the southern city of Malaga and the island of Ibiza, all of which are known for having a vibrant nightlife and many dance clubs.
   
Although Spain is considered one of the main drug gateways to Europe, seizures of synthetic narcotics are uncommon as most traffickers usually deal in cannabis and cocaine.
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