Pair held over Farnham teenager 'drug death'

Two people have been arrested in connection with the death of an 18-year-old man who died after taking a suspected psychedelic drug.

The 18-year-old, from Farnham, is thought to have taken 2C-I or 2C-E at a party on Chobham Common on Saturday.

The Class A drugs have a similar effect to ecstasy, amphetamines and LSD.

Surrey Police said a 20-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman were in being held on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs and manslaughter.

The man was arrested in Gloucestershire and the woman arrested in Bristol.

'Potentially fatal drug'

Police have issued a warning to drug users at the event on Chobham Common to seek hospital advice if they experience any unusual symptoms.

Temp Supt Matt Goodridge said: "Our advice is to go to A&E immediately if you believe you took this drug and start to exhibit worrying symptoms. Similarly, if you think you have taken this drug elsewhere and start to feel unwell, our advice is to seek urgent medical attention."

He also appealed for information about the incident.

"We have carried out extensive inquiries following the tragic death of this young man and the fact that we have already made two arrests demonstrates our commitment to tackling the use and supply of illegal drugs.

"We also need the public's help in getting this potentially fatal drug off the streets of Surrey. Anyone with information about this substance or with any other information which could aid the ongoing investigation is asked to call Surrey Police," Temp Supt Goodridge said.

A post-mortem examination is being carried out later.

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