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