THE latest “legal high” drug is flooding our streets.
And unscrupulous dealers are making a killing from flogging the man-made narcotic Benzo Fury.
Cocky traders are touting the drug as the next Meow Meow – the substance banned after it was linked to the deaths of more than 25 party-goers.
The new £10 pills are said to have similar effects to ecstasy and have been hyped on the net for months.
Benzo Fury finally arrived from *China last week and demand has been so high manysuppliers have sold out.
But a Daily Star Sunday reporter was able to buy it on a busy UK street after arranging a deal on the internet with a firm called *****.
Only an hour after setting up the transaction our investigator was approached by a man with an Eastern European accent calling himself Ivor.
After a brief introduction he passed over a clipboard along with a brown envelope containing five pills.
Ivor asked for £50 and after exchanging the cash the smiling dealer told us: “Enjoy. We have plenty more of this so keep hold of my number.”
Other traders also sell the drug – currently legal under UK law – with a promise of next-day delivery.
One dealer, who claims the drug is perfectly safe, said it was specially made in Chinese labs to make sure it doesn’t flout UK law.
The seller, who flogs the pills as a “research chemical” on a website called ***** said: “This has been a huge operation.
“We’ve been careful to make sure the formula doesn’t contravene the Misuse of Drugs Act.
“As it stands it’s 100% legal and totally safe. We make sure it is 100% pure – not mixed with anything harmful. It’s wicked man. It blows your mind. Demand is huge.”
But experts have warned pills bought from non-reputable sources could be a serious risk to health and even kill.
Chris Hudson, of drug information service FRANK, said: “So-called ‘legal highs’ are not a safer alternative.
“These substances are new, haven’t been tested over time and are particularly risky if used with alcohol”.
15th August 2010 By John Ward
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