Ipswich/Rendlesham ‘Superman’ ecstasy deaths: Man due in court as two others bailed
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An Ipswich teenager is due in court this morning following the deaths of three men from a suspected batch of rogue drugs.
Adrian Lubecki, 19, of St Matthews Street in Ipswich, was charged with being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs (ecstasy) and possession with intent to supply a class B drug yesterday. He was remanded in custody to appear at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court in Ipswich today.
A 20-year-old man and a 26-year-old man from Ipswich, arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs, have been released on police bail pending further investigation. Both are due to return in mid-February.
The arrests follow the deaths of two young men in Ipswich on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day and a third man in Rendlesham, Suffolk.
Police are urging anyone in possession of the red triangular pills marked with a distinctive ‘Superman’ logo to hand them in to prevent further deaths.
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Police are linking the deaths of two men in Ipswich, 22-year-old Justas Ropas, who died at a property in Bramford Lane on Christmas Eve and 24-year-old Gediminas Kulokas, who died at Provan Court on New Year’s Day, to the drug and investigating links to a third death, that of 20-year-old John Hocking, who died at Chestnut Close, Rendlesham, also on January 1.
A second man found in a serious condition at the Provan Court address was rushed to Ipswich Hospital where he is “making a recovery”, a Suffolk Constabulary spokesman said. The force spokesman later confirmed the man is no longer in a critical condition, adding: “I can confirm that the man will be further spoken to as part of coronial reports and any linked criminal investigation.”
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Officers are also looking at potential links to similar deaths elsewhere in the country – the death of a man in Telford, Shropshire, is being linked to the rogue drugs.
The deaths have been referred to the Suffolk Coroner and inquests will open in due course.
Anyone in possession of the drug is asked to surrender it to police, in person or by calling 101, or at the following local agencies in Ipswich: CRI, St Matthews Street; MVA Team, 70 – 74 St Helens Street; Fire Service, Princes Street, Ipswich
If you have taken illegal drugs or if you know someone who has become unwell after taking illegal drugs and needs urgent medical care call 999 and ask for the ambulance service.
If you have information about the supply of this or other illegal drugs call Suffolk Constabulary on 101 or pass information anonymously via the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
For drugs information and advice visit the Talk To Frank website: www.talktofrank.com or call the 24/7 National Drugs Helpline on 0800 77 66 00