RNC seizes designer drug

By Balzafire · Jul 29, 2010 ·
  1. Balzafire

    RNC officers are trying to educate themselves on the heels of a seizure of a new drug, mephedrone.

    Police seized 103 grams of mephedrone on Gleneyre Street in St. John's after a traffic stop Thursday around noon.

    "This drug is not to be confused with methadone, methadone is an opiate replacement therapy drug," explained Sgt. Marlene Jesso.

    19-year-old Norman Collier of St. John's was charged with trafficking of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking. He appeared before a judge Friday and is in police custody.

    The drug is a schedule III substance derived from amphetamine. It is white or white, powdery substance, sometimes crystalized. The bag at RNC headquarters had a pungent smell, much like mothballs.

    The drug can be taken in pill form or snorted, said Jesso. It has become a popular party drug in the U.K.

    RNC also seized two laptops, two small scales, an iPhone and other small bags of substances that have yet to be analyzed. The goods were displayed at RNC Headquarters this afternoon. In total there were eight baggies of powders of different shades.

    Jesso said the drug has an effect similar to cocaine or ecstasy. Its side effects include hallucinations, paranoia and anxiety.

    "This drug is causing a concern, as with all the drugs in the province," Jesso said.

    "We're trying to get more information, we've already contacted the lab in Halifax. They're telling us they don't know of any other seizures in the region," said Jesso.

    Published on July 1st, 2010
    Staff ~ The Telegram

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