A 13-year-old was sold illegal drugs hours before he was found unconscious in a public park, police say.
Carson Price collapsed in a park about a mile from his home in Hengoed n South Wales on the evening of April 12.
The teen, who was described by his family as ‘a cheeky little boy’, was taken to hospital in Cardiff where he died later the same day.
Gwent Police Superintendent Nick McLain wrote in a statement that he believed ‘someone, somewhere, sold illegal drugs to Carson and other people in the area will know who that person was’, reported Wales Online .
But the cause of death is yet to confirmed as officers were still awaiting medical report on Monday, given the inquiry confirmed that ‘illegal substances’ were being considered as a contributing factor.
No arrests have been made in connection with the incident, but officers are keeping track on numerous lines of enquiry, according to Supt McLain.
He said: “Our inquiry suggests that what we believe were drugs were purchased prior to Carson visiting the park and as a result our investigation.
“We are particularly interested in Carson’s movements prior to him visiting the park that night.”
Supt McLain made an appeal to the public about drug dealers and asked for those who have information to contact the police immediately.
He explained: “Parks should be safe, children and families should fell safe when they visit and parents should feel safe when they know their children are at the park with friends.
“This is a tragic death that should never have happened.
Carson’s family have paid a poignant tribute over the weekend.
It read: “Carson was bright and caring, kind and loving, he was a cheeky little boy.
“He was the best big brother and was loved and will be missed by so many.”
Gwent Police are appealing for anyone with information relating to the incident to contact them on 101.