Dark web blamed for Cornwall drugs use increase

Experts say drugs ordered via the internet are having an effect on rural areas.

Shakira Pellow
Cornwall teenager Shakira Pellow pictured hours before she died in hospital

A rise in drugs use in Cornwall is probably because of the availability of illegal substances on the dark web, drugs workers in the county have said.

It follows the death last weekend of Shakira Pellow, 15, who collapsed in Camborne after taking an unidentified substance.

Three other teenagers were admitted to hospital having taken the same drugs.

The substance was made into small blue pills marked Duplo, the name of a Lego toy, and is being analysed by police.

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The police are still testing the tablets marked Duplo to find out what they are made of

The dark web, a collection of thousands of websites that use anonymity tools to hide their IP addresses, has been identified in the past as a source of illegal drugs.

Rick Bradley, operations manager at Addaction, said drugs were also being sold on social media.

"The dark web allows a little bit more accessibility," he said.

"In rural communities if there's not an established street scene people are able to order drugs off the dark web and have them delivered.

"That is a different scenario to three to four years ago when it was quite rare for young people to go down those routes."

Confirmed and suspected ecstasy deaths in Devon and Cornwall in 2017 and 2018

Hannah Bragg, 15

Hannah Bragg played for Tavistock Girls Rugby Team in Devon

Schoolgirl rugby player Hannah Bragg died after taking what is thought to be MDMA, or ecstasy, on 23 June.

She was found unconscious in a field near a viaduct at Tavistock in Devon.

Paul Ward, Mayor of Tavistock said there was "still a feeling of shock" in the market town.

Flowers and cards have been left at a memorial for Ms Bragg

"It's very easy to believe that in a small town like Tavistock that you are safe, that you're in a bubble, you're protected from all the problems of a big city," he said.

"But this event has clearly demonstrated that is not the case."

A 20-year-old man, a 14-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy have been arrested in connection with the suspected drug-related death of Hannah and have been released pending further inquiries.

Leah Kerry, 15

A pathologist said Leah Kerry died from MDMA toxicity

Schoolgirl Leah Kerry was celebrating the start of the summer holidays in Torquay in July 2017 when she died from an ecstasy overdose.

A pathologist said Leah had died from MDMA toxicity.

Oliver Woods, 21

Restaurant worker Oliver Woods, from Bude, died in April 2017 after a night out.

An inquest heard his cause of death was MDMA toxicity.

Luke Campbell-Tapson, 16

Student Luke Campbell-Tapson is believed to have taken MDMA on a night out in Ilfracombe in May 2017.

He was taken to North Devon District Hospital where he died.

Joshua Brock and Aaron Reilly, both 19

Aaron Reilly (left) and Joshua Brock were found unconscious at Pryzm nightclub in Plymouth

Aaron Reilly and aircraft engineer Joshua Brock were found unconscious in Plymouth's Pryzm nightclub and died in hospital in December 2017.

The friends had taken a mix of ecstasy and amphetamines, an inquest heard.

Police investigating Shakira's death arrested two 17-year-old boys, from Redruth and Camborne, on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug. They have been bailed until 3 August.

The Royal Mail said it worked closely with law enforcement agencies, including the police for domestic mail and Border Force for international mail, to "help us to stop the carriage and delivery of illegal drugs that are ordered on the dark web".

The Home Office said: "We have committed to spending £1.9bn on cybersecurity over the next five years, including boosting the capabilities of the National Crime Agency's National Cyber Crime Unit, increasing their ability to investigate the most serious cyber crime."

The National Police Chiefs' Council lead for drugs, Cdr Simon Bray, said: "Police forces are committed to dealing with offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. We continue to enforce the law with full use of all the approved methods of prosecution and disposal available to us."

Date: 13 July 2018 | Source: BBC

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