Warn­ing as boy, 11, is ‘spiked’ with Spice

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A WARN­ING has been is­sued by the po­lice about the dan­gers of Spice after an 11-year-old boy was taken to hospi­tal after al­legedly be­ing spiked with the drug.

South Wales Po­lice say Spice is pre­sent­ing a “sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenge” to the force, and de­scribed it as “highly un­pre­dictable and dan­ger­ous”.

Lo­gan Johns-Evans, from Brid­gend, was left like a zom­bie after it was claimed that a roll-up cig­a­rette he had been smok­ing was laced with the syn­thetic drug with­out his knowl­edge.

His mother, Jade Johns, said her son re­acted as though a “mon­ster had taken over his body”.

He was taken to the Princess of Wales Hospi­tal, in Brid­gend, where a clin­i­cal de­ci­sion was made that Lo­gan was suf­fer­ing from the ef­fects of Spice, which can cause fast heart rate, vom­it­ing, con­fu­sion and vi­o­lent be­hav­iour.

The drug has be­come no­to­ri­ous over the last year or two be­cause users un­der its in­flu­ence have been pic­tured and filmed in towns and cities around Wales with their bod­ies ap­par­ently fixed in rigid con­di­tions while slumped over. They are of­ten de­scribed as “zom­bie-like”.

South Wales Po­lice said a 32-year-old man from Brid­gend and a 13-year-old boy from Brid­gend have been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of be­ing con­cerned in the sup­ply of the Class B drug. They have been re­leased un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In warn­ing to peo­ple who are con­sid­er­ing us­ing the drug, the po­lice force has spo­ken out against the “highly un­pre­dictable and dan­ger­ous drug”.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Alun Mor­gan, of South Wales Po­lice, said: “Spice has pre­sented a sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenge to po­lice forces and part­ner agen­cies across the UK. This in­cludes the de­mand on drug sup­port agen­cies, the am­bu­lance ser­vice and hos­pi­tals.

“The highly un­pre­dictable and dan­ger­ous drug is a new and emerg­ing il­le­gal sub­stance which is re­port­edly highly ad­dic­tive. It is prob­a­ble that there are a num­ber of users that didn’t know this when they first started to use it.

“We have made a num­ber of ar­rests and tar­geted sup­pli­ers for deal­ing this il­le­gal drug and we are work­ing with the prison ser­vice to stamp out this crime. Very of­ten the so­lu­tion to these prob­lems can be found in the com­mu­nity, there­fore we would urge the pub­lic to come for­ward and pro­vide po­lice with valu­able in­for­ma­tion to al­low us to tar­get those who prey on the vul­ner­a­ble users.

“We would like to en­cour­age any­one with in­for­ma­tion about any drug deal­ing, in­clud­ing Spice, to con­tact us on 101, or you can call Crimestop­pers, free and anony­mously, on 0800 555 111.”

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