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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Police in Bristol have arrested a 41-year-old man after a car was stopped containing 50 kilos of Mephedrone.

    Mephedrone, and its related compounds, was made a Class B substance last year after the decision was made by the government to try and reduce its harm.

    The silver BMW was stopped last night (Thursday 24th November 2011) exiting the M5 at junction 17 – Cribbs Causeway.

    The car contained 50 one kilo packages of the white powder with an estimated street value of between £1million and £1.25million.

    The arrested man remains in custody at this time helping police with their enquiries.

    Acting Detective Inspector Tina Harland said: "This operation reinforces our commitment to taking illegal drugs and those who supply them off our streets.

    "It also shows the importance of the community working with us to beat this type of crime. Every piece of intelligence received is taken seriously and acted upon."

    Mephedrone, commonly known as 'Meow Meow' is often labelled as plant food or bath salts and sold as a so-called 'legal high.'

    Last year's legislation means Mephedrone can now be controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

    The possession, importation and distribution of the substance is now illegal and police in Bristol continue to target those responsible for bringing it into the Avon and Somerset force area.

    Force Drug Strategy Manager Paul Bunt said: "There has now been more than 40 deaths associated with Mephedrone in the UK. Despite this shocking figure our seizure shows there is still demand for it.

    "There are also a range of very similar products being sold under the guise of 'legal highs.' These are not legal and can cause hallucinations, blood circulation problems, rashes, anxiety and paranoia.

    "But one of the most dangerous things with Mephedrone is that we don't know many of the long-term effects."




  1. Synesthesiac
    Bristol arrest after mephedrone worth £1m found in car


    Avon and Somerset Police estimate the 50kg haul would have a street value of £1m to £1.25m
    A driver has been arrested after more than £1m of the drug mephedrone was seized from a car in Bristol.

    A silver BMW was stopped as it left the M5 at Cribbs Causeway on Thursday and 50kg of the illegal drug, also known as "meow meow", found in the car.

    The arrested 41-year-old man remains in police custody.

    A police spokesman estimated the haul to have a street value of 1m to £1.25m and said it showed there was still demand for the drug in the UK.
    Last year, mephedrone was made a Class B substance after the decision was taken by the government to try to reduce its harm.

    Previously it had been labelled as plant food or bath salts and sold as a so-called "legal high".

    Paul Bunt, from Avon and Somerset Police, said that one of the most dangerous things about the drug was that little was known about its long-term effects.

    25 November 2011 Last updated at 17:35
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