A SCHOOLGIRL died after taking ecstasy bought from a teenage drug dealer on Snapchat.
Bethany Devlin-McCrone, 14, collapsed around two hours after taking one pill at her home in Greasby, Merseyside, on July 24 last year.
Bethany Devlin-McCrone collapsed at her home in Merseyside[/caption]
She bought the drugs after arranging with Connor Parrish, 19, to buy ecstasy and cocaine for £30.
Parrish was in a car with his father when he delivered two ecstasy tablets and a small amount of powder to a 14-year-old boy Bethany had asked to collect them.
Parrish, from Tranmere, Merseyside, wept in the dock as he was sentenced to four years in a detention centre at Liverpool Crown Court.
Judge Neil Flewitt told him: “You used Snapchat as a marketing tool for your operation and that led to it going beyond your small group of acquaintances to a wider range of customers.
“As a result of taking drugs that originated from you Bethany Devlin-McCrone tragically died.
“There is a direct link between her death and the drugs that you supplied.
“This case is a tragic reminder that every time you deal drugs of this sort you are gambling with the lives of your customers.”
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The court was told Parrish had been led into drug dealing by his own father.
Christopher Hopkins, prosecuting, told the court that Ms Devlin-McCrone’s friend, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said the pair decided to buy drugs and Bethany arranged the deal on Snapchat.
The pair each took a pill and mixed the cocaine in with liquid in a Lucozade bottle.
Bethany texted Parrish saying ‘It’s hit now, it’s amazing’ shortly before her death.
The girl said Bethany began become hyperactive – punching the wall and screaming at herself in the mirror.
She then collapsed on the floor and paramedics were called. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of death was found to be MDMA toxicity due to the quantity consumed.
Parrish was arrested at his home where police found ketamine, cocaine, benzocaine and digital scales with traces of drugs on them.
In a poignant impact statement Ms Devlin-McCrone’s mother, Angela Devlin, described her daughter as “loveable, cheeky and stubborn. Like any 14-year-old she wanted to fit in with her friends.”
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Defending, John Weate said: “This defendant had sine he was a child had influences in his life and it was his own father who introduced him to controlled substances. He was himself only 14 or 15 when that occurred.
“As a consequence of that he became a heavy user of cannabis and got into debt and rather foolishly, inappropriately and criminally decided to do what he did.”
Parrish had pleaded guilty to supplying MDMA on July 24 last year, two offences of supplying the drug and cocaine between March 1 and July 23, 2018 and possessing cocaine and ketamine, found at his home on July 25.
Connor Parrish was sentenced to four years in a detention centre[/caption]