Police broaden investigation into death of 13-year-old Carson Price to focus on ‘illegal drugs’ in Caerphilly area

Gwent Police has broadened its investigation into “illegal drugs” as a contributing factor in the death of 13-year-old Carson Price in Ystrad Mynach Park on Friday.

There is not yet an official medical confirmation of how Carson, from nearby village Hengoed, died.

The Police say their investigation has now broadened out from Ystrad Mynach itself to the whole Caerphilly Borough area.

The 13-year-old died after being found unconscious in a park in Ystrad Mynach, near Caerphilly.

Police tape in park

On Monday afternoon, Gwent Police Superintendent Nick McLain released a statement saying “I believe, somebody, somewhere, sold illegal drugs to Carson”.

At this moment, we are still awaiting official medical confirmation about how Carson died, which may take some time. Until then we cannot confirm that taking drugs caused Carson’s death. What we do know, tragically, is that Carson died in the public park and our enquiry does focus on illegal drugs being a contributing factor.

Our enquiries to date have indicated that drugs were supplied prior to him visiting the park and as a result, our investigation is broader than Ystrad Mynach and our enquiries are extended throughout the Caerphilly borough area. We are particularly interested in Carson’s movement prior to him visiting the park that night.

I believe, somebody, somewhere, sold illegal drugs to Carson and other people in the area will know who that person was. We will not tolerate this in Gwent. The supply of drugs can ruin people’s lives and we ask residents that if they have any information regarding these suppliers, please contact us immediately.

– SUPERINTENDENT NICK MCLAIN

In a statement issued by his family, the 13-year-old was described as “bright and caring, kind and loving”.

Carson was bright and caring, kind and loving, he was a cheeky little boy.

He was the best big brother and was loved and will be missed by so many.

– FAMILY STATEMENT

Ystrad Mynach Park

Detective Chief Inspector Sam Payne said Gwent Police is awaiting “official medical confirmation of the cause of death”.

One of our main lines of enquiry focuses on illegal substances being a contributing factor.

Specialist officers continue to support Carson’s family through this difficult time.

– DETECTIVE CHIEF INSPECTOR SAM PAYNE

Gwent police said Carson Price was found at around 7.20pm on Friday 12 April in the park off Caerphilly Road.

Ystrad Mynach Park

He was taken to University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff where he was pronounced dead.

The boy’s school, Lewis School Pengam, in nearby Bargoed said:

“Everyone in our school is shocked and devastated by the loss of one of our own”.

His mother wrote on social media on Saturday, “I’m broken, my life is ovr. Please help find out who sold these drugs to my son. My life is ruined, my baby gone”.

flowers for Carson

Police are appealing for anybody with information to call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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