A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs in connection with the death of 13-year-old Carson Price.
Carson, from Hengoed, was discovered unconscious in Ystrad Mynach Park on Caerphilly Road on Friday evening and was pronounced dead in hospital later the same day.
Gwent Police said Carson was sold illegal drugs before he died.
Superintendent McLain had said: “What we do know, tragically, is that Carson died in the public park and our inquiry does focus on illegal drugs being a contributing factor. Our inquiry suggests that what we believe were drugs were purchased prior to Carson visiting the park.”
The BBC is reporting that a form of MDMA, known as Donkey Kong pills, is being investigated by officers in connection with Carson’s death.
On Thursday morning, a 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs and was taken into custody at Newport Central Police Station.
The arrest was made after specialist officers executed a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act at an address in Pontllanfriath, Blackwood.
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Alun Davies: “Since the tragic events of Friday evening, our investigation team have been conducting many lines of enquiry to establish the circumstances surrounding the death of 13 year old Carson Price.
“As a result, this morning, Thursday 18th April, specialist Gwent Police officers executed a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act, at an address in Pontllanfraith, Blackwood.
“A 14-year-old boy from the area has now been arrested on suspicion of supplying Class A controlled drugs.
“He currently remains in police custody at Newport Central Police Station and will be interviewed with an appropriate adult as part of our investigation.”
Carson Price was discovered unconscious in Ystrad Mynach Park at about 7.20pm on Friday after a concerned member of the public flagged down a police officer.
The 13-year-old, who was a pupil at Lewis Lewis School Pengam, was taken to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, where he was pronounced dead.
Earlier this week, officers said their enquiry into the matter focused “on illegal drugs being a contributing factor”.
In a statement Superintendent Nick McLain said he believed “someone, somewhere, sold illegal drugs to Carson”.
Speaking following the arrest on Thursday, Supt McLain said: “I’d like to thank all members of the community for their continued support during this tragic time. The information received from the public has been a vital part of the investigation.
“I would like to emphasise no one has been charged with any offences and the investigation is still continuing.
“I’d like to ask the community to support our ongoing work and refrain from posting any comments on social media that may jeopardise the investigation.”