A HUGE haul of deadly ‘legal high’ drug mephedrone was stolen from a controversial Kilmarnock shop at the weekend.
Around 1250 grams of the powder – with a value of £25k – was taken from the Heads of Killie store in The Foregate after brazen thieves smashed their way in.
The raid comes one week after the tragic death of an Ayrshire teenager who collapsed after taking the substance.
There are now fears the stolen mephedrone will flood the streets of Kilmarnock and Loudoun.
The drug, which at present isn’t illegal, was contained in 15 different types of powder which was being sold as ‘bath salt’.
PC Gareth Griffiths, of Kilmarnock town centre policing team, said: “These powders are legally sold as a bath salt but could be dangerous if misused.
“All of these powders are believed to contain the drug mephedrone and are not meant for human consumption.
“Should any members of the public find or be offered these powders, I would urge them to contact their local police office. Although not illegal, health professionals are reported to believe mephedrone can seriously affect people’s health.”
The Heads of Killie raid happened between 6pm on Saturday and 11am on Monday. The thieves forced the shop's shutter open and smashed a glass door. Cash, bongs, grinders and scales were also stolen.
The shop – which has been shut since the robbery – sparked controversy when it opened earlier this year as it contains drugs paraphernalia, although everything is sold legally and only to over-18s.
Mephedrone – which has the street names MCAT, Moonshine and Meow Meow – has hit the headlines in recent months after several deaths were linked to the drug.
Jordan Kiltie, 19, collapsed at his home in Ayr on Saturday, March 13 after taking the substance, which is normally sold as plant food.
Just this week the government's chief drugs adviser has strongly indicated the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) will recommend mephedrone be banned.
March 26, 2010
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