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Sean Ellman given Asbo to stop selling cannabis seeds and DMT

  1. Pondlife
    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


  1. Manga
    Interesting use of an ASBO to prevent the sale of cannabis seeds.. I don't expect that particular aspect to be upheld by the court however.
  2. Terrapinzflyer
    I am assuming ASBO= anti social behavioral order ? I had seen this in the news a few days ago and had to research the ASBO term...still haven't had time to fully understand it and its implications...
  3. talltom
    Yes, I had to look it up too. According to Wikipedia:

    "An Anti-Social Behaviour Order or ASBO is a civil order made against a person who has been shown, on the balance of evidence, to have engaged in anti-social behaviour in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The orders, designed originally by former Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1998, were designed to be imposed after minor incidents that would not ordinarily warrant prosecution. The orders restrict behaviour in some way, by prohibiting a return to a certain area or shop, or by restricting public behaviour such as swearing or drinking. In the UK, there has been criticism that an ASBO is sometimes viewed as a badge of honour by youth."
  4. Pondlife
    Sorry, I should have added a note about the term "ASBO". As has already been pointed out, it's an "anti-social behaviour order". Two interesting points about an ASBO:

    1. The behaviour doesn't have to be a criminal offense; and
    2. It's a civil matter, where there is a lower standard of proof than for a criminal prosecution.

    Sean Ellman has been in the news a few times before:


    It will be interesting to see if the ASBO gets upheld.
  5. Synchronium
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