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British tourists die in Amsterdam after snorting 'white heroin'

Two British men aged 20 and 21 have died in Amsterdam after snorting what is believed to have been white heroin that was sold to them as cocaine.

It is believed to be the third such fatality in recent weeks, following the death of 22-year-old Joel McDevitt, from Burnley, who died in the city last month.

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Amsterdam drugs deaths 'linked to October fatality'

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.

We did a quick test to find out what kind of powder it was. It wasn't cocaine, it was an opiate - in this case, white heroin.

We took the sample to the Dutch forensic institute and they found out that the contents of this material is the same contents as other material that we already seized in other cases where people got sick.

– Police spokesman Rob van der Veen

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.

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