Man charged with drug trafficking following New West teen’s death

16-year-old girl overdosed on MDMA in May

New Westminster Police have charged a 19-year-old Vancouver man with drug trafficking after a New Westminster teen fatally overdosed in May.

A 16-year-old girl died on May 26 after taking what toxicology reports have since confirmed was pure MDMA. Another teenage girl was taken to hospital.

READ: Arrest made in New Westminster teen overdose

Staff Sgt. Andrew Perry confirmed that Muhammad Taufiq Chambas has been charged with one count of trafficking controlled substance in connection to the case.

The teen’s death was the first of two MDMA-linked overdose deaths in New Westminster this year.

On July 15, a 13-year-old girl overdosed on what is believed to be MDMA. She and a friend had purchased the drug, which is a form of ecstasy, at the 22nd Street SkyTrain Station. The teen overdosed as the pair were returning home to Port Coquitlam later that day and was pronounced dead at Royal Columbian Hospital.

READ: Arrest made in New Westminster 13-year-old girl’s overdose death

According to Perry, a male youth was arrested on Aug. 24 but charges have yet to be laid. Perry could not confirm where the youth was from.

“We don’t have evidence to suggest they are linked but investigation is still ongoing,” said Perry.

He noted that this many fatal youth MDMA-related overdoses in one year in unusual for New Westminster.

“There’s a perception out there that it’s a fun party drug… but now we’ve had two young girls die within the last four months,” said Perry. “MDMA can still kill people, it’s not a safe drug by any means.”

According to Fraser Health, they do not track MDMA-related overdose numbers.


@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Sometimes it’s okay to simply try

I feel like a success even though I failed at donating blood

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Air quality advisory continues in the Lower Mainland

Smoke from Interior fires brings fine particulate

Blue bags are out for curbside recyling and blue bins are in

Use your own bin or the one the city gave you, but no more bags, please, except for shredding

Canadians fear for relatives trapped amid flooding in Indian state of Kerala

More than 800,000people have been displaced by floods and landslides

IndyCar driver Wickens flown to hospital after scary crash

IndyCar said Wickens was awake and alert as he was taken to a hospital

Ex-BCTF president ‘undeterred’ after early release from pipeline protest jail term

Susan Lambert and Order of Canada recipient Jean Swanson released early

Fast food chains look to capitalize on vegetarian, vegan trend with new items

Seven per cent of Canadians consider themselves vegetarians and 2.3 per cent identify as vegans

B.C. swimmer halts journey across Strait of Juan de Fuca after hypothermia sets in

Victoria MS athlete Susan Simmons swam for eight-and-a-half hours in 9 C choppy waters

‘Hard on water:’ Smoke not the only long-range effect of wildfires

The project began more than 10 years ago after southern Alberta’s 2003 Lost Creek fire

B.C. VIEWS: Genuine aboriginal rights are misused and discredited

Camp Cloud one of long line of protests falsely asserting title

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to march in Montreal’s Pride parade

Trudeau will end the day in his home riding of Papineau

Most Read