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Arrests made by Preston Police in Mastercard ecstasy probe

Posted on - 1st October, 2017 - 12:31pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston News, UCLan, University
The group were found outside the Students' Union building in Fylde Road after a concern for safety call Pic: Google
The group were found outside the Students’ Union building in Fylde Road after a concern for safety call Pic: Google

Two people have been arrested in connection with a strain of Mastercard ecstasy being taken in Preston.

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Preston Police were called to Fylde Road – close to the University of Central Lancashire Students’ Union – at 1am on Sunday (1 October).

Two men and a woman were treated at the scene by paramedics after being suspected of taking a pink ecstasy pill with a Mastercard marking on it.

The group were taken to Royal Preston Hospital and have since been discharged.

Police have arrested a 20-year-old man from Darwen and a 19-year-old woman from Crewe on suspicion of supply a controlled drug. They remain in custody.

Detective Inspector Roger Ashcroft, of Preston CID, said: “I would urge anyone to refrain from taking these tablets or indeed any sort of drug because the message is clear – you don’t know what you’re taking and the risk you are putting on your health could be devastating.

“Fortunately it appears that none of the individuals involved were seriously affected by this incident and I want to reassure the public that we are trying to identify the source of the tablets.”

Police are appealing for information about the supply of the drug.

The 'Mastercard' pills are a super strength ecstasy and can cause a severe allergic reaction
The ‘Mastercard’ pills are a super strength ecstasy and can cause a severe allergic reaction

The Mastercard drug has been linked to a number of deaths in the Greater Manchester area in recent years.

Read more: Police had this message after discovering a drug dealer’s stash in Ingol

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log number 0087 of October 1. Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For drugs information and advice visit the “Talk To Frank” website:www.talktofrank.com or call the National Drugs Helpline on 0800 77 66 00.

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