Drug dealer sentenced for MDMA overdose death of 13-year-old Port Coquitlam girl in New Westminster

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      A male youth has been sentenced in a drug-trafficking case involving the overdose death of a teenager from Port Coquitlam.  

      The New Westminster Police Department (NWPD) stated today (January 23) that on July 15, 2017, two teenagers purchased MDMA (also known as ecstasy) from a street-level drug dealer at the 22nd Street SkyTrain Station in New Westminster.

      As the teens headed back to their home to Port Coquitlam, one of them, who was 13 years old, went into medical distress. She later died in hospital.

      Toxicology results confirmed that the teenager died of a lethal overdose of MDMA.

      The NWPD conducted a lengthy investigation with Coquitlam RCMP, Metro Vancouver Transit Police, and the Vancouver Police Department.

      A youth suspect from Vancouver, who cannot be named due to his age, was arrested and charged with two counts of trafficking a controlled substance.

      On September 24, 2018, the suspect, who is now 18 years old, pled guilty to one count of trafficking a controlled substance and sentencing was scheduled for January 15.

      He has been sentenced to four months of open custody, two months of community supervision, and 18 months of intensive support and supervision.