Fresh ‘legal highs’ death fears: Sale woman’s death thought to be overdose – as Benzo Fury discovered at scene

By Danielle Wainwright

The death of a 27-year-old woman on Saturday in Sale may have been caused by an overdose of former legal high Benzo Fury after police discovered traces of white powder at the scene.

Police were informed that a woman had been taken to Wythenshawe hospital shortly after 7am but died a short time later.

Investigations into her death are on-going and cause of death cannot be confirmed until the return of toxicology results.

Detective Inspector Frank Morris said: “First and foremost, our thoughts go out to the family of this young woman following this tragedy.

“We recovered a powder which is a [former] ‘legal high’ known as Benzo Fury, the legality of which is the subject of ongoing attention by the relevant authorities.

“Reports that this was a suspected ecstasy overdose therefore appear to misrepresent what may have happened here although we are in the very early stages of our investigation.

“Taking drugs can not only have dire consequences for the person taking them but also for their family and friends.  Police officers do not want to make the house visit and inform them that they have lost a loved one.”


Update: Detective Inspector Frank Morris said: “While we understand that Benzo Fury is a banned substance, this has not changed our inquiries in anyway and we continue to investigate where and when the suspected drug was purchased.

“However, we are still awaiting toxicology results and we cannot confirm the cause of the woman’s death.”


Anyone with information should phone police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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