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."
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