Police Issue Synthetic Cannabis Warning After Hunter Valley Teen Dies

31/01/2016 7:22 PM AEDT | Updated January 31, 2016 19:22
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A lethal batch of synthetic cannabis is suspected of contributing to the death of a youth in the Hunter Valley region and causing two others to become critically ill in a neighbouring suburb.

What was initially suspected of being the accidental death of popular teen Dean Shield, who was found unresponsive in a drain on Saturday night, has turned into a major investigation as detectives work on whether it is connected with the 18-year-old experimenting with a form of synthetic cannabis.

Dean's body was found by a resident in Rutherford, near Maitland, several hours after he is believed to have bought and taken some of the controversial substance.