Boss of Doctor Herman’s shops Sean Ellman given interim Asbo to stop selling cannabis seeds and DMT
THE son of a Liverpool MP has been given an interim Asbo to stop him selling certain products from his chain of shops across the north west.
Sean Ellman, 38, son of long-standing Labour MP for Riverside, Louise Ellman, was one of three directors of the Dr Herman’s chain of stores arrested last month after an operation targeting the supply of banned mephedrone, also known as “meow-meow”, “M-Cat” or “Bubble”.
And now the police have used civil action in the form of an Asbo to stop Mr Ellman, and his business partner Susan Frederick, selling cannabis seeds and anything containing the powerful hallucinogen dimethltryptamine from their shops.
Dimethltryptamine, known as DMT, is a naturally occurring hallucinogenic drug that is found in many types of plants and even in the human body.
But when sold in cleaned up crystal form, it is a Class A drug in the UK.
Shops such as Dr Herman’s are legally allowed to sell items such as feminised cannabis seeds as “souvenirs”.
But officers in St Helens brought the civil action at the local magistrates court as they say the sale of such products can be linked to anti-social behaviour in the town.
The arguments from both sides will be heard when the court decides whether to extend the current interim order into a full Asbo in January.
If the orders are broken between now and then, Mr Ellman, of Withington, Manchester, and Miss Frederick, from St Helens, could be fined or face up to five years in prison.
Chief Insp Keith McLachlan, of Merseyside police, said: “The reason we have brought this action is because there is no straight forward legislation to affect the sale of the products of this company.”
Mr Ellman and seven others are on bail for alleged drugs offences after the raids on a string of shops and homes last month.
Nov 11 2010 by Ben Rossington, Liverpool Echo