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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Suspected ‘legal highs’ seized in £¼m Billingham drugs swoop

    A STASH of what is believed to be Class B and C drugs with an estimated street value of £230,000 has been seized on Teesside.

    Police raided an address in Grosmont Drive, Billingham, where they uncovered 50kg of a substance described as having the appearance of “legal highs”.

    Cleveland Police today said the substances seized were marked as “not for human consumption”.

    However, officers believe that it is common for such products to be used by people as “legal highs”.

    Sergeant Stuart Malcolm, of Stockton Police, said: “By using such products, members of the public are not only being misled but also putting their lives at risk.

    “Organised criminals believe that they can exploit what they think is a loophole in the law.

    “However, the recent changes to the classification of psychoactive substances and further proposed changes will help tackle such problems and bring more offenders to justice.”

    He added: “People need to be aware that by using such substances they are significantly putting their health at risk, as well as facing a criminal record.

    “We will continue to crack down on those believed to be involved in all drug-related activity and want to take this opportunity to send a warning to those involved in such activity that they are being watched and we will take action against them.”

    The drugs warrant was executed on Friday, March 26, but details have only now been released by police.

    A 42-year-old woman and two men, aged 21 and 20, were arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply and have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

    Apr 2 2010 by John Sutton, Evening Gazette


  1. Mullicious
    SWIM doesn't understand. If they're legal how can they seize them? Surely the police need to give them back?
  2. Synesthesiac
    Its a very grey area at the minute. If there is even the slightest bit of evidence they are selling it for human consumption, as a drug, then they will not get it back, but there is no real solid case for prosecution or jail time with the law at the moment. Saying that there are some cases in the courts at the moment, but they are finding it hard to prosecute as even though mephedrone will be illegal soon the law does not work retrospectively. If all evidence points towards them running a 'plant food' business, and that people taking it are the ones breaking their instructions by ignoring their advice and consuming it then they could attempt to claim it back. But that'd be a very bold move to make, depending on various circumstances I dont know and the recent increase in awareness of mephedrone.
  3. Terrapinzflyer

    Reports are that "Trading practices" has been taking a lead in many of the seizures. Apparently with the ACMD report they now have the legal backing that it is indeed not plant food, and it can be seized / sellers charged with essentially lying about a product / selling a defective product. Note that I am not from the UK so my understanding of the applicable laws may be a bit off, but this is my basic understanding from following the reports.
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