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Drug dealer sentenced to four years behind bars after death of Cambridge University student

Benjamin Brown, 32, was caught selling prescription drugs after the death of a Cambridge student


A drug dealer who sold Xanax to a Trinity College student which ultimately led to his death has been jailed for over four years.

Keshava Iyengar, 20, passed away on the 13th March 2021 following his consumption of the anti-anxiety medication Xanax, which is unavailable on the NHS and can be sourced through private prescriptions only in the UK, reports BBC.

Iyengar left his family home in London on 12th March 2021 after having already taken multiple tablets. Later that evening, he took “a couple more” and then shared “half a litre” of vodka with a friend and fellow Cambridge student Hetty Ruane.

Hetty saw him asleep on her bedroom floor at 7am on the morning of the 13th, and by the time she woke up that afternoon he was unresponsive and an ambulance was called.

Coroner Simon Milburn concluded that Iyengar had not intended to take his own life but had died as a result of the drugs which he consumed.

Image Credits: Cambridgeshire Police

Police were able to trace messages on Iyengar’s phone from someone known as “Lean Xan Man” to Benjamin Brown, 32, of Surrey. Brown was posing as a phony pharmacist selling prescription drugs over Snapchat and Instagram, according to Cambridgeshire police.

On Friday 17th November, Brown was sentenced to four and a half years behind bars after pleading guilty to two counts of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs, two counts in the supply of class C, one count in the supply of class B, possession of class A and possession with intent to supply class C.

Feautured Image Credits: Surrey Police

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