Essex

Essex teenager dies after taking drugs

Police outside the flat in Witham
Image caption Three men have been arrested in connection with the investigation

Police have issued a warning over drugs after a 19-year-old man was found dead at a flat in Essex.

The man, from the Braintree area, was discovered at the property in Witham, Essex, early on Saturday.

Two other men at the flat, believed to have taken the LSD type drug 2C-E, were taken to hospital.

Det Ch Insp Anne Cameron said police believed the drug was produced by people with "no regard for the lives of their customers".

She issued a warning that other potentially fatal drugs may be in circulation and should not be taken.

The drug is in the form of a white crystal powder and can have a hallucinogenic effect.

"We believe that one person has died and two others were taken ill because they have taken a drug that was poorly-produced by criminals," Ms Cameron said.

A post-mortem examination and toxicology tests will be carried out later.

The two other men, an 18-year-old from Braintree and a 21-year-old from Witham, were taken to Broomfield Hospital, but later released.

Police have arrested two 19-year-old men from Braintree and a 21-year-old man from Witham in connection with the investigation.

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