Man held as it emerges six people hospitalised on night of Ana's collapse
Published 21/05/2015 | 02:30
Undercover gardaí targeting drug dealers have arrested a man in the nightclub outside which tragic teen Ana Hick collapsed.
It also emerged that six other people went to hospital after taking ecstasy, all of whom were in the Twisted Pepper in Dublin city centre on the same night Ana (18) fell ill.
In an undercover operation carried out by officers stationed at Store Street on Saturday night, gardaí arrested a man in the club on suspicion of selling illegal drugs. A search of his Marino home found cash, ecstasy tablets and mixing agents used in illegal drugs, including Ketamine and MDMA.
The operation took place less than 24 hours after Ana fell ill.
It is suspected she took ecstasy tablets last Friday night.
A source told how staff at the Mater Hospital became suspicious after a large number of people came to hospital in the early hours of Saturday.
"Seven people, including Ms Hick, were taken to the Mater Hospital on Saturday morning. Her friends told authorities that she had taken three tablets.
"A member of staff at the hospital then contacted gardaí saying it was no coincidence that so many people were at the hospital on the same night, and a nurse suggested there was a correlation between Ms Hick and the other six people falling ill."
The six other young people have since fully recovered.
At 2am on Sunday a young man, who had been in the Twisted Pepper club, was admitted to the Mater Hospital with a suspected drug overdose, showing similar symptoms to Ana's.
He has also recovered.
Detectives are investigating all the circumstances surrounding Ms Hick's death and are awaiting toxicology results.
On Sunday the Twisted Pepper issued a statement: "We are working closely with the authorities and out of respect for Ana and her family we cannot comment further at this time."
Last night a club representative said they could not comment, due to the ongoing garda investigation.