German police warn of 'Blue Punisher' ecstasy pills after two teenage girls die

The so-called 'Blue Punisher' ecstasy pill. Credit: Neuhardenberg Police department

German police have warned of a potentially lethal 'Blue Punisher' variety of ecstasy in circulation after the death of two teenage girls was linked to the drug.

Police in the northeastern state of Mecklenburg Western Pomerania said a 13-year-old girl died on Monday after taking one of the blue pills featuring a skull logo associated with the Marvel comic book character The Punisher. A 37-year-old German man has been detained in connection with the girl's death.

Authorities in the neighboring state of Brandenburg are also investigating the death of a 15-year-old girl who died in the town of Rathenow over the weekend after a suspected narcotics overdose. Prosecutors say an autopsy will determine whether she, too, died after consuming the drug.

Two other teens, ages 14 and 15, have been hospitalised in Mecklenburg Western Pomerania after taking the drug, police said.

“We warn against any consumption of narcotics, but especially the dangerous ‘Blue Punisher’ pill,” Neubrandenburg police said in a statement. “These pills have a very high dose of (the chemical) MDMA.” It added even half a pill, which is in circulation in the region, could cause life-threatening illness.

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