Arrest Made in Fatal Champagne Poisoning Case in German Restaurant

Restaurant in Weiden where several guests shared a bottle of champagne

German authorities have apprehended a 35-year-old Polish suspect in connection with the death of a 52-year-old man who consumed champagne spiked with ecstasy at a Bavarian restaurant in February 2022. The man’s death in Weiden, along with the hospitalization of eight others, was caused by the ingestion of MDMA-laced champagne. The victims, aged 33 to 52, exhibited symptoms of poisoning soon after drinking from a contaminated three-liter bottle.

Toxicology reports identified a “high concentration” of MDMA, also known as ecstasy, in the champagne. Witnesses described scenes of severe distress, with some restaurant patrons experiencing intense pain and screaming.

The prosecutor’s office in Weiden revealed the suspect, detained in the Netherlands through a collaborative effort with Dutch and Polish authorities, faces charges of organized narcotics trafficking, negligent homicide, and bodily harm. Allegedly linked to a criminal gang, he is believed to have been involved in storing narcotics in bottles in the Netherlands, contributing to the deadly bottle’s distribution.

Investigators traced the MDMA’s origin to the Netherlands, where they discovered several similarly contaminated bottles. These bottles, which had unknowingly been sold to multiple parties, included one that eventually reached Weiden.

Authorities continue their investigation to identify additional accomplices. In light of this incident, German and Dutch officials have issued warnings about the consumption of Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial champagne, particularly bottles with a reddish-brown tinge. They stressed that even minimal contact with the liquid could have life-threatening consequences.

This incident mirrors a 2020 case in Belgium, where a woman died after inadvertently consuming wine laced with ecstasy. MDMA, a synthetic drug popularized in the 1980s, poses serious health risks, including a dangerous rise in body temperature, heart stress, and potential kidney damage, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Chris Morris
Author: Chris Morris

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