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Friday 31 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C
Google Maps The Twisted Pepper on Dublin's Abbey Street
# Tragedy
Gardaí have rowed back on their line regarding contaminated drugs in Dublin
18-year-old Ana Hick died after an incident at the Twisted Pepper nightclub in Dublin on Saturday night.

Updated 11.00 am

GARDAÍ HAVE DISTANCED themselves from a statement regarding the presence of contaminated illegal drugs in Dublin.

Earlier today RTE reported a Garda source saying there is no evidence that contaminated drugs are being dealt on the streets of Dublin.

A Garda statement has now clarified the force’s position regarding the issue.

“An Garda Síochána has not made any official comment in relation to whether contaminated illegal drugs are available for sale in Dublin or elsewhere,” it reads.

All controlled drugs are toxic and dangerous and should not be taken.

The statement comes after the tragic death of 18-year-old Ana Hick following an incident at the Twisted Pepper on Abbey Street, just off O’Connell Street on the city’s northside, on Saturday night.

Ana, from Dalkey, was on a night out with friends in the club. She was to celebrate her 19th birthday tomorrow, according to the Irish Times.

She was taken to the nearby Mater Hospital at around 3am early on Sunday morning, but is believed to have passed away at around 5pm yesterday evening.

Reports suggest that at least two ecstasy pills may have been involved in the incident, although results are awaited of the post mortem and toxicology report in order to establish cause of death.

The Twisted Pepper has released a statement saying they are “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.

The incident is currently being treated as a sudden death and post-mortem results are pending.

Ana’s mother, Elga, today posted a dashcam video of herself and Ana singing along to Disney’s The Little Mermaid while driving.

ana Facebook / Elga Hick Facebook / Elga Hick / Elga Hick

The video has led to an outpouring of emotion on the part of the family’s friends.

One friend comments simply: “Thanks for bringing Ana into our lives”.

Read: Girl, 18, dies after tragic night out at Dublin nightclub

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