A RUTHLESS foreign dealer boasted to Sun investigators he could supply 50kg of meow meow a month - as the killer drug floods Britain.
Latvian Amirs Abidi says profits have already been boosted by the surging UK demand for the legal drug - and boasts of five "very big clients" who distribute it here.
Sun investigators flew to Latvia's capital Riga to meet wholesaler Abidi, who has a registered company and advertises on the internet.
Sipping on his coffee in a dingy café, he reached into a black bag and pulled out a sample - a plastic wrap containing about five grammes of a smelly white chemical.
Abidi, 28, bragged: "It's 99.5 per cent pure. If you like it I can produce 50kg a month for you. You won't find it cheaper anywhere else."
Meow meow - proper name mephedrone - is also known as "fertiliser" or "plant food" even though it has no horticultural use.
The substance - which has not yet been banned in Britain - is usually sold as "not for human consumption".
But dad-of-two Abidi makes no pretences, saying: "It's best to sniff it. Take about 150mg, you'll be high for two-and-a-half hours."
He then reeled off his price list, with mephedrone at £2,000 a kilo if bought in quantities of 20kg or more. Our wholesale deal for 50kg would cost £100,000.
Once imported into Britain, where the going rate for mephedrone is about £10 a gramme, the 50kg haul would be worth at least £500,000.
Abidi has heard about the deaths in Britain that have been blamed on mephedrone, but is still happy to push vast quantities of the drug.
He insists: "People are dying from alcohol and cigarettes but the government don't talk about this.
"It's possible the people who died had weak hearts and took other drugs and many grammes of mephedrone.
"Mephedrone is not very dangerous, it's better for the health than ecstasy and amphetamines. It's lighter."
But when asked if he takes the drug himself, Abidi laughs: "No."
Our investigators - posing as British dealers looking to import a large quantity of meow meow - found Abidi on the internet, where he lists himself under a false name.
He later emailed - with the word "mephedrone" in the subject field - explaining how his associates produce the drug at a pharmaceutical factory in Latvia "but not officially".
When he met our investigators, Abidi revealed: "Because of the demand from England the chemical factories which produce the raw materials make the prices higher.
"The chemicals come from China - we can get them in Russia but they are twice as expensive.
"We then get people working in a pharmaceutical company near Riga to produce the mephedrone for us.
"Their bosses don't know. We then send it to our buyers express delivery.
"We send the goods by another name - customs aren't a problem.
"We have five very big clients in Russia and Dublin. From there they distribute to the UK."
Abidi claimed mephedrone was legal "but not very popular" in Latvia - but a government spokeswoman insisted: "Mephedrone is prohibited in Latvia."
The drug, which has swept the UK club scene in recent months, can be bought over the internet with a credit card.
A bag of white powder can even be delivered the same day.
Experts warn that producers and dealers are making "huge amounts of money" from the drug.
The Sun is campaigning to get the drug banned after it was blamed for a series of deaths including 18-year-olds Louis Wainwright, from Scunthorpe, Lincs, and Joslyne Cockburn, from Newcastle.
Mephedrone is a man-made chemical with stimulant effects similar to cocaine or ecstasy.
The chemical's structure is closely related to both MDMA (ecstasy) and methylamphetamine, better known as crystal meth.
The Government is now preparing to outlaw the drug in Britain - but Abidi is already plotting ways to get round the ban.
He said: "I'm thinking how it will be possible. The price will be different and it might be better to pay cash."
By OLIVER HARVEY
March 29, 2010