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