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The deaths of two British men found in an Amsterdam hotel room after apparently snorting white heroin are believed to have been targeted by the same dealers who sold drugs to another Briton who died in the city last month, Dutch police said.
Police spokesman Rob van der Veen said investigators believe the men were targeted by the same street dealer, or ring of dealers, involved in the death of 22-year-old Joel McDevitt, from Burnley.
A number of other people have become ill after snorting the heroin.
Local authorities have advised tourists to avoid street pushers, and since October have distributed warning signs and flyers across the capital, warning that white heroin was being sold as cocaine.
Two British tourists have died in Amsterdam after snorting what is believed to have been white heroin that was sold to them as cocaine.
The men, aged 20 and 21, and both from England, were found in a hotel room in the city yesterday next to traces of white powder.
A post-mortem examination is due to be conducted later this week to confirm the time and cause of the men's deaths.
The Foreign Office is liaising with Dutch authorities and is "providing consular assistance to the family", a spokesman said.