Dealer who supplied killer pill jailed

A DRUG dealer, who sold a killer pill he claimed was ecstasy to a gifted young Wakefield teenager, has been jailed for more than three years.

David Adams, 27, was given three years and three months in prison for a string of offences including selling a pill for 1 on February 24 last year to Jonathan Higgins, 15, who died just hours later.

Adams approached Jonathan, a Wakefield City High School pupil, and his friend Richard Burton on the steps of Wakefield Cathedral and pestered them to buy what he said was ecstasy, a class A drug.

But the pill was actually buprenophine, a powerful class C drug used by heroin addicts to kick their habit.

Richard was later violently sick, which may have saved his life, but Jonathan tragically died after choking on his own vomit during the night.

In sentencing him at Leeds Crown Court on Friday, Judge Ian Dobkin said: "You keep committing offences and then getting arrested. The crux of this matter is drugs."