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Ecstasy pills using Harry Potter logo discovered
July 15, 2007
ECSTASY tablets bearing the Harry Potter logo have hit Australia again.
A 30-year-old man, identified by police as a member of the Finks motorcycle gang, has been arrested by detectives in Adelaide after nearly 2300 tablets stamped with the distinctive HP logo were found.
Ice, or crystal methamphetamine, as well as cannabis, an SKS semi-automatic rifle, stolen goods and about $29,000 in cash were also found.
The man was released on police bail.
Yesterday, Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia spokesman Paul Dillon said that while the discovery was bizarre and could attract widespread media attention, it could distract from the more significant problem of alcohol consumption among youth.
"Harry Potter is seen as a brand of quality and that's why people are putting it on ecstasy tablets," Mr Dillon said.
But he said the notion that young Australians were being targeted by drug suppliers linking Harry Potter images with ecstasy did not make sense.
To come in contact with these pills, a person would have to come into contact with ecstasy-using networks, he said.
"But we know that the vast majority of school-based young people … are far more likely to be entrenched in the alcohol culture."
Dillon said the latest statistics showed about six per cent of 14-19 year olds had reported ever using ecstasy while alcohol remained the drug of choice for the majority of teenagers.
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