Man was killed by tran­quil­liser used on large an­i­mals

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Dreadful Secret Of Reed Pond - By Alex Clar­idge aclar­idge@thek­m­ @clar­idgealex

Un­scrupu­lous drug deal­ers are cutting heroin for sale on Can­ter­bury’s streets with an opi­ate 10,000 times more po­tent than mor­phine, an in­quest heard.

Ev­i­dence of the use of the drug – a tran­quil­liser for large an­i­mals such as ele­phants – emerged at the hear­ing into the death of a 22- year- old man on a hous­ing es­tate.

Frank Brown was found col­lapsed at the foot of a block of flats off Sturry Road on April 30 and did not sur­vive at­tempts to re­sus­ci­tate him.

An in­quest at Can­ter­bury on Wed­nes­day heard that tox­i­col­ogy tests de­tected the pres­ence of the opi­ate car­fen­tanil.

Coro­ner James Dil­lon said: “Drug deal­ers are be­gin­ning to cut this into their heroin. It’s more ad­dic­tive than heroin and it’s cheaper.

“Car­fen­tanil is an ex­tremely po­tent chem­i­cal; it is 10,000 times more po­tent than mor­phine and is used on large an­i­mals like ele­phants. The deal­ers are cre­at­ing a more dan­ger­ous prod­uct which peo­ple are go­ing to come back for more of­ten.

“Frank Brown may not have not known that Car­fen­tanil was con­tained in the heroin he had bought.”

The in­quest was told that on April 30 Mr Brown, who had worked as a land­scape gar­dener be­fore fall­ing into a cy­cle of drug and al­co­hol abuse, had met up with fel­low heroin user Carl Ed­wards.

They had gone to­gether to buy drugs from a dealer who agreed to meet them close to the Can­ter­bury City Council of­fices in Mil­i­tary Road.

Det Sgt Brian Doughty, who in­ves­ti­gated Mr Brown’s death, told the hear­ing: “On the day in ques­tion, Carl Ed­wards had met Frank Brown in public toi­lets in Can­ter­bury and both had de­cided that they needed to score. They bought five bags of dark heroin near the council of­fices and ad­min­is­tered their own drugs.”

Both men fell asleep next to the block in Honey­wood Close off Sturry Road. A cou­ple com­ing out of the flats dis­cov­ered the pair and, while Mr Ed­wards was alert and talk­ing, Mr Brown re­mained on the ground.

The cou­ple rang 999 and each per­formed CPR on Mr Brown.

Det Sgt Doughty added: “He was un­re­spon­sive. CPR was un­suc­cess­ful. There were no sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances. Frank had died of a drugs over­dose.”

Mr Brown was a fa­ther of two chil­dren by sep­a­rate women but did not have con­tact with ei­ther child, the hear­ing was told. As a younger man he had be­come an ap­pren­tice land­scape gar­dener but strug­gled with his men­tal health and drug and al­co­hol use.

He had been brought up by his grand­mother, Dorothy, at Mo­lineux Road, in Min­ster, on the Isle of Thanet. His mother died from a heroin over­dose when he and his twin brother were just two.

The clin­i­cal cause of death for Mr Brown was given as car­diac re­s­pi­ra­tory fail­ure fol­low­ing car­fen­tanil over­dose.

Mr Dil­lon said there was no ev­i­dence that Mr Brown had in­tended to end his own life. He recorded a con­clu­sion that his death was drug-re­lated.

Frank Brown was found col­lapsed on a hous­ing es­tate

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