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Drug arrests made after teenager's death in Midlothian

Pills Image copyright Police handout
Image caption Police released pictures of the pills in the warning

Three people have been charged with drug offences following the death of a 16-year-old girl in Midlothian.

Shellie Callaghan died in hospital on Saturday after falling ill at a party.

A 42-year-old woman and two other females, aged 16 and 17, were arrested after properties were searched in Newtongrange, Gorebridge and Easthouses earlier.

Police said Shellie may have had access to "ecstasy type tablets" at the party in Newtongrange.

Community Inspector Michelle Ritchie said: "We are continuing our inquiries to establish the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of 16-year-old Shellie Callaghan at the weekend.

"Whether she had access to ecstasy-type tablets remains a line of inquiry we are following, and we continue to urge anyone who has taken such tablets to seek medical attention.

"Today officers executed warrants across Midlothian in connection with her death and seized a quantity of drugs and associated paraphernalia."

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Image caption Officers "strongly urged" people not to take the red "bugatti veyron" pills

She added: "Drug dealing, their misuse and the criminality and anti-social behaviour that is associated with this is a priority for police in the Lothians and Scottish Borders.

"Information from the community is vital to enable us to build a profile of issues and respond. I would appeal to anyone with such information to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on so that we can take action."

The arrested woman and teenagers are expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

At the weekend, Police Scotland issued a warning relating to "red bugatti veyron and purple ninja turtle" tablets and "strongly urged" people not to take them.

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