The clubland danger drug
A POWERFUL form of the killer dance drug ecstasy has been found in a Leeds nightclub for the first time, the Yorkshire Evening Post can reveal.
Crystal MDMA, four times the strength of a typical tablet, was found in a police raid on a club which lost its licence this week.
Police today said they were shocked by the discovery of the drug at the Northern Light club in the city centre's Cross York Street and feared that it will be available in others.
This is the first time crystal MDMA has been found by police in Leeds.
Analysis of the drug found dumped at Northern Light found that its purity level was about 82 per cent, compared to the 20 per cent of a typical ecstasy tablet.
Police believe the extra-strong drug could kill those used to taking the milder tablet.
Crystal MDMA has the same effects as conventional ecstasy, but is much more rapid, kicking in to raise heart rate and blood pressure after several minutes instead of the usual half an hour.
Normal ecstasy users cope with the drug by rehydrating with water instead of alcohol, but are very unlikely to have an ability to cope with the crystal form.
Failure to rehydrate can be fatal, causing heart attacks and other reactions.
The crystal ecstasy drug recovered from Northern Light is being marketed at about £40 per gram, compared with just £2.50 per tablet of conventional E.
Det Insp Tony Kaye of West Yorkshire Police said he was very disturbed by the discovery of the crystal MDMA, which stands for methylene dioxy methamphetamine.
He appealed for anyone with information about drug supplies and dealing to ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Yesterday the YEP reported the Leeds Licensing Sub-Committee refused to renew Northern Light's temporary licence after objections from the police.
Last Updated: 22 March 2007
By Bruce Smith
This follows a string of pre-tax year busts earlier in the year http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_yorkshire/6329149.stm