A FIREBOMB maniac with more than 100 convictions says newly-banned drug mephedrone is easier to get in prison than tobacco.
Paul Stellato, right, says the drug, linked to nearly 30 deaths in the UK, is “better than cocaine” and all his pals in jail “love it”.
The 39-year-old “firestarter” wrote in a letter from his cell: “Possibly due to the price and low purity, people have recently been turning away from cocaine and MDMA to other drugs such as mephedrone.
“I personally was shocked that both myself and friends actually prefer mephedrone.”
He wrote in lags’ mag Inside Time: “Mark my words, a revolution in drugs…is about to occur, if it’s not already occurring.”
Explaining the effects were “on a par with or even better than” drugs such as cocaine and MDMA he dropped the bombshell about the easy availability behind bars.
“Tobacco is harder to get than mephedrone,” he said.
Stellato is being held in maximum security HMP Woodhill in Buckinghamshire. He was jailed for ten years in 1998 after being convicted of arson with intent to endanger life.
He torched the home of his ex- girlfriend’s parents in Milton Keynes, Bucks, by pouring petrol through the letterbox.
He was freed and won an estimated £30,000 *compensation after a Home Office blunder kept him behind bars for “too long” in 2006. But he has since been jailed again for theft.
The Ministry of Justice warned last month that meow meow – which lags could legally buy to feed their pot plants before the reclassification – was considered a “security risk”.
Despite being made illegal sources in jails across the country back up Stellato’s claims.
One source at Durham’s high- security Frankland jail told us: “Mephedrone use and availability has been on the increase for a long time. Making it illegal won’t stop the popularity behind bars. It’s here to stay.”
By Stian Alexander
May 2, 2010
Daily Star Sunday
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Mephedrone Is 'Easier To Get In Prison Than Tobacco'