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Man questioned over drug activity at club where Ana Hick collapsed

The man – in his mid-20s – was arrested the night after Ana was taken ill. A location in Marino was also searched.

Updated at 9.50am

A MAN WAS arrested at the Twisted Pepper nightclub and questioned over drug-related activities, the night after Dublin teenager Ana Hick collapsed and was taken to hospital, it’s emerged today.

The 18-year-old – who was laid to rest yesterday – was taken ill outside the popular Middle Abbey Street club in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Gardaí have confirmed that a man in his mid-20s was arrested by officers the following evening “at a location in Middle Abbey Street”.

A small quantity of drugs were found in a follow-up search of a premises in nearby Marino.

He was questioned under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, and has since been released. A file is to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Ana – would have been 19 on Tuesday – was taken to the Mater Hospital after she collapsed, and died on Sunday evening.

The results of toxicology tests will determine the course of the garda operation.

In a statement released after her death, Twisted Pepper management said they were “deeply deeply saddened and devastated at the news of the sad passing of Ana Hick”.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ana’s family and friends at this tragic time.

We are working closely with the authorities and out of respect for Ana and her family we cannot comment further at this time.

Read: Ana Hick’s mother tells funeral: “She lit up everyone’s lives”

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