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Jail for drug supplier after teenager's death

A drug supplier who gave deadly so-called designer drugs to a 16-year-old girl, knowing that the same batch had already killed someone else, has been jailed.

Poppy Rodgers from York collapsed and never recovered from the effects of the highly potent methyl amphetamine given to her by Luke Carey. He's been sent to prison for nearly six-and-a-half years as Jon Hill reports.


Six years jail for man who gave lethal drugs to teen

Poppy Rodgers Credit: North Yorkshire Police

A drug user who gave a lethal batch of so-called designer drugs to a 16-year-old girl has been jailed for six years five months. Poppy Rodgers died after taking methylamphetamine, given to her by 25-year-old drug user Luke Carey, from York.

The city's Crown Court was told how Carey pressed Poppy Rodgers into taking the drug knowing the same rogue batch of it had led to the death of another man in York eleven months earlier.

Man faces drug supplying sentence

Poppy Rodgers Credit: North Yorkshire Police

A man will be sentenced today for supplying a Class A drug to a teenage girl who died after taking the substance. Luke Carey, 24, admitted giving methylamphetamine to 16-year-old Poppy Rodgers at a house in York in April last year.

Paramedics were called to a property in Tang Hall Lane, York, and Poppy later died in York District Hospital. An inquest found she had taken a paste which was thought to contain the stimulant.

At York Crown Court, Carey admitted seven counts in total, which included another count of supplying the drug, four of offering to supply the drug and one of possession with an intent to supply.

At a previous hearing, Judge Steven Ashurst said that, because the drug had led to another person's death, he had to consider the case carefully and adjourned it for sentencing. Carey will be sentenced at York Crown Court.

Following her death, Poppy's parents paid tribute to their daughter. They said the York College student had "a personality that charmed everyone" but her trusting nature meant "she was able to be influenced by those outside her family who didn't have her best interest at heart".