Colchester Drug Dealer Jailed

30 January 2018, 17:40

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A drug dealer who sold a teenage schoolgirl the former legal high Spice which made her so ill she had to be put in an induced coma, has been jailed.

The 15-year-old and her female friend, 16, were both hospitalised after smoking the "synthetic marijuana" Wilson sold them last September, Essex Police said. 

The younger girl was placed in a coma by medics to stop her "constant fitting" after smoking the drug in Colchester, and the older girl also suffered fits.

Shaun Wilson, of Berberis Walk, Colchester, was jailed for nine months at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday after being convicted of supplying a psychoactive substance, court officials confirmed.

Detective Constable Rachel Moss said: "Wilson supplied two young people with the Class B drug Spice, without a second thought for their safety.

"Both girls ended up gravely ill as a result and it is only luck that they recovered from their ordeal.

"Up and down the country we have seen a number of cases where the consequences of taking this substance have, like in this instance, been serious and in some cases tragic.

"Although the manufacture and sale of legal highs has now been banned, we know that they are still available and for that reason we are urging people to think twice before using them as in many cases these substances can be significantly stronger than even traditional types of illegal drug."

Wilson, 41, sold the drug, which had a Batman logo on its packaging, to the girls and an 18-year-old man on September 23. He was arrested our days later.

Spice, also known as "fake weed", was banned under the Psychoactive Substances Act in May 2016

The Act criminalised the production, distribution, sale and supply of former legal highs after they were linked to dozens of deaths.

Under the Act, offenders can face up to seven years in prison, while orders can be issued to shut down head shops and online dealers.