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Police issue warning over 'potentially lethal' ecstasy tablets

Library image of seized ecstasy tablets Credit: PA

Police have issued a public warning over a "potentially lethal" batch of ecstacy tablets believed to be circulating in the Rhondda region.

The so called 'Punisher' tablets have been linked to the recent hospital admission of a 21-year-old man. He was admitted in a serious condition on 17 December and has since made a full recovery.

South Wales Police said the drug "could cost somebody their life" and that the pills have been linked to a number of incidents around the UK. People are being urged not to take the drugs if they are offered them as they contain a potentially lethal dose of MDMA.

You can never be sure what you are taking when you use illegal substances and the side-effects are unpredictable and potentially life-threatening. Anybody who takes these pills are gambling with their life.

– DCI Tom Moore, South Wales Police

People are being urged to contact the police if they have any information about the supply of the drug.

The tablets have the image of a fictional comic character on pressed onto the surface. Credit: South Wales Police