A £70,000 haul of what is thought to be illegal party drug mephedrone has been discovered after a police raid on Teesside.
Officers from Cleveland Police’s Organised Crime Unit executed a warrant on a storage container in the Portrack area of Stockton, where they uncovered the haul.
More than four and a half kilos of a substance believed to be the Class B drug and a significant amount of cannabis were found.
It is estimated that the drugs have a total street value of almost £70,000.
A 44-year-old Stockton man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs after the raid on Wednesday. He has since been released on bail pending further inquiries.
It is one of the first significant finds of what is believed to be mephedrone after the drug was banned and classified as a Class B drug on April 16.
The dangers of taking the synthetic drug, also known as meow meow, MCAT or bubbles, have been highlighted by suspected linked deaths of a growing number of young people both in the UK and abroad.
The drug can cause heart problems and seizures, particularly when combined with alcohol or other drugs.
On Teesside mephedrone is cheap, costing around £10-£20 for a gram wrap on the street.
Anyone caught in possession of the drug faces up to five years’ prison and dealers caught supplying can get up to 14 years in jail.
April 22, 2010
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£70,000 mephedrone haul discovered in police raid