Students warned after euthanasia drug theft

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Cambridgeshire police warned students of the possible presence of “rogue” ketamine on the streets of Cambridge following the theft of a potentially lethal drug from the University on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire Police said, “It is possible the thieves may have thought they were stealing medication such as ketamine but this is not the case.” The public was also warned that the substance is “extremely dangerous” and would pose a threat to life should it be consumed.

Seven bottles of the euthanasia medicine were stolen from the University’s Department of Veterinary Medicine between the hours of  17:00 on Wednesday evening and 10:00 on Thursday morning.

A van, believed to have been used by the criminals, was seen parked outside the Department on Madingley Road during these hours. It is possible the criminals will attempt to sell the medication to unsuspecting students under the guise of ketamine.

Over the past week, Cambridgeshire Police have arrested 17 people and charged 7 in drug-related incidents across the county, as part of a regional clampdown on drug gangs operating in the area.

Currently, the penalty for possession of ketamine, a Class B drug, is up to 5 years in prison and an unlimited fine, whilst possession with intent to supply carries a penalty of 14 years in prison and an unlimited fine. As a Class B drug, ketamine is illegal to have in your possession, give away, or sell.

Cambridgeshire Police is currently undertaking a manhunt in search of those who stole the drugs. Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 101, quoting reference CF0152750318 or report it online at www.cambs.police.uk/report. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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