The drug is called mephedrone and is a white powdery substance that RNC Sgt. Marlene Jesso of the Street Drug Unit says has the same effect as cocaine and ecstasy.
A 19-year old man was arrested yesterday in the east end of St. John's. He is facing charges of trafficking and possession for the purpose of trafficking of mephedrone. Another drug was seized and more charges could be laid. Police say the accused had about 103 grams of mephedrone which has an approximate street value of up to $4,000.
Jesso says this drug should not be confused with methadone.
Mephedrone originates in the United Kingdom where once it was actually legal but has since been deemed illegal. Canada lists mephedrone as a controlled substance.
June 25 2010