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  1. chillinwill
    The first conviction for importing or exporting mephedrone has been issued by Guernsey Magistrates' Court.

    Huw Bisson, 21, from the Rue des Marais in St Peter Port, was found guilty of two importation offences.

    He was sentenced to 100 hours' community service for each offence, to run concurrently, when he appeared in court on Thursday.

    The magistrate indicated that in future people convicted of similar offences could be given a custodial sentence.

    Stronger measures

    Bisson tried to have 10g of mephedrone sent to him through the post, the court heard.

    He was arrested after the package was intercepted by customs officers.

    Bisson admitted importing the drug and a similar previous offence.

    His was the first conviction under legislation introduced in November which banned the importation or exportation of mephedrone and other substances, previously known as "legal highs", without a licence.

    A customs spokesperson said: "Further and stronger measures to control the use, manufacture, importation and supply of mephedrone are currently being considered as a matter of urgency in response to the ever increasing evidence of the dangers associated with this drug."

    March 19, 2010
    BBC News
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/guernsey/8576202.stm

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