OVER 300 ‘legal high’ products were seized following a raid on a Kilmarnock shop.
Police and trading standards officers targeted Heads of Killie in a joint operation aimed at ‘protecting public health’.
According to East Ayrshire Council, the products taken during the raid on April 14 were being sold as bath salts and plant food, and had a value of approximately £9000.
A simultaneous raid on a factory in Auchinleck with links to Heads of Killie proved less fruitful, however, as officers found the unit to be empty.
A press release issued by trading standards states: “The products were being sold as bath salts and plant food and have been implicated in mephedrone type products.
“Mephedrone was subsequently formally banned by the government as of Friday, April 16.
The products, which purport to be either bath salts or plant food were deemed to be incorrectly labelled under the Cosmetic Products (Safety) Regulations 2008 and the Fertilisers Regulations 1991.
A report will now be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”
This is the second blow to the owners of Heads of Killie in less than two months.
Back in March the Standard reported that thieves had stolen £25k worth of stock after breaking into the shop premises at The Foregate.
But owner Barry McIlroy was this week defiant and said: “I’d just like to let people know that we are still open for business.”
Councillor Jim Todd from EAC said: “Products such as bath salts and plant food are covered by regulation.
“Amongst other requirements, the labelling of such products is strictly controlled and it is this aspect that the trading standards service is currently investigating. Protecting the public and public health is the top priority of our regulatory services.
“East Ayrshire Council will continue to ensure health protection and community wellbeing throughout the area.
“The actions of the trading standards officers have successfully removed potentially dangerous substances from the community.”
April 30, 2010
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