A RUTHLESS east European gang flooding Scotland with a lethal legal high can be exposed today.
The £10-a-capsule drug - called Benzo Fury - has already raised alarm among Scots medical chiefs after clubbers bought it over the internet.
And there are escalating fears it could take over from now-banned mephedrone, known as Meow Meow.
Our investigators travelled to London to snare the mob selling Benzo Fury wholesale to dealers just days after Scotland's chief medical officer Harry Burns issued a dire warning about the drug.
Last weekend, a 22-year-old man in Belfast was left fighting for his life after taking Benzo Fury. Three of his friends also collapsed and were rushed to hospital.
Today, we can reveal that a Polish gang is behind the mass distribution of Benzo Fury, which is also known by its chemical name 6-APB or benzofuran.
Users of the drug have described its effects as similar to ecstasy and Meow Meow, which was banned by the Government in April after being linked to 25 UK deaths.
Edward Nikolajcyk, 26, the boss of a legal highs outfit, organises thousands of mail orders throughout Britain each week.
He rakes in thousands of pounds from direct sales but also has a network of dealers who flog the party drug for him.
Nikolajcyk - who also uses the name Kennedy - boasts that he can supply 250 capsules for £1500 and can guarantee a same-day delivery service.
We made contact with him and posed as potential customers wanting to sell the drug in Scotland after finding a mobile number for his company advertised on the internet.
The website is registered to Nikolajcyk at a bogus address in Middlesex and provides two other mobile numbers to ring for delivery of the drug.
The highly organised dealer even takes credit cards and accepts bank transfers direct to his account with Santander.
When our man contacted Nicolajcyk, he told him to make his way to Piccadilly Circus.
Nikolajcyk then sent our undercover reporter a coded text in which he described the pills with the codename "cups"- even though Benzo Fury is not illegal under the Misuse of Drugs Act and police are powerless to stop him.
The text read: "Hi. We do a pick up service every day from 4pm until 8pm on Piccadilly Circus.
"For four cups meet-up charge of £10 applies. No meet-up charge applies for orders of ten cups or more. When you arrive there call this number."
When we called him back, Nikolajcyk then told us to be ready for a phone call from one of his employees.
Five minutes later, a man with an eastern European accent rang and told us to make our way to way to the gardens of the nearby 17th-century St James's Church.
The dealer - who called himself Darius - said: "It's quiet here, It's a good place to meet people and do business."
When our reporter told him he wanted 10 capsules, he reached into his bag and produced a brown envelope. He said: "10 costs £100."
When we asked about the quality of the drug, he offered to let us buy a smaller amount first to check.
He added: "There's been no complaints. I think you'll come back."
We then agreed to buy 10 capsules and handed him five £20 notes.
After the deal, when he feared his photograph was being taken he buried his head in his hands.
The next day, we contacted Nikolajcyk and posed as another potential customer looking for a consignment of the drug to be delivered to Scotland.
He said: "At the moment we can only send to Scotland by mail order.
"But it is safe and you'll get it the next day. If you don't want to pay by credit card, put money into our bank account, As long as you put the money into our Santander account before 3pm you'll have what you want in the morning."
Even though Benzo Fury's packaging is stamped "not for human consumption" revellers have been desperate to get their hands on the new rave drug.
One person wrote on an internet forum: "Benzo Fury will only be around for a very short while before it's banned.
"It won't be allowed to be the new mephedrone, so stock up while you can _that's if these vendors ever get to sell the stuff." Nine days ago, medical chief Dr Burns put the country's hospital staff on high alert for cases of "severe reactions" to Benzo Fury and a number of other legal highs.
He has asked medical directors to report any admissions of people suffering from side-effects in an effort to collect intelligence on the prevalence of the drugs' use and spread across Scotland.
Dr Burns also said in the warning that there had been a rise in the number of people who have taken Benzo Fury seeking medical advice and asked staff to gather further intellegence on the drug.
He said symptoms of a severe reaction to the drug include grand mal seizures, hallucinations, cardiac toxicity and high blood pressure.
Nikolajcyk is also a director of a cleaning firm, Cleaning London 365 Ltd, and lives in Brent, north London. He lists his nationality at Companies House as Polish.
When we tracked him down to his flat to ask him about his involvement with Benzo Fury, he ran away when confronted by our investigator.
Science a step ahead of law
Benzo Fury is a man-made amphetamine which gives users a euphoric high.
It's classed as an "entactogen" as it induces feelings of empathy similar to MDMA - ecstasy. Benzo Fury is also a stimulant and a severe appetite-suppressant.
Other side-effects include hallucinations and paranoia.
Recently banned mephedrone - known as Meow Meow - is also classed as an entactogen.
Controversial "legal highs" such as Benzo Fury and Ivory Wave are manufactured in laboratories in the Far East and eastern Europe.
Because they're exempt from Misuse of Drugs Act laws, they can be dispatched to the UK by reputable courier firms.
They have become a popular alternative to illegal ecstasy and Meow Meow.
Vendors advertise legal highs as plant food and bath salts and sell them for between £10 and £20. And they get round laws on medicine and food by stating they are not for human consumption.
In March, we revealed that Meow Meow was sweeping Scotland and had become a bigger problem than ecstasy.
The Government say a temporary banning order on all "legal highs" should be in place by the end of next year to allow scientists time to investigate the effects they have.
David Liddell, director of the Scottish Drugs Forum, said: "We've seen a lot of substances try to fill the gap left by mephedrone and Benzo Fury is just one.
"Chemists are always working on the next drug and seem to be one step ahead of our laws at the moment.
"There's a strong argument for the Government to impose a blanket ban on all these substances which are similar in molecular construction.
"People need to be aware that just because a drug is legal doesn't mean it's safe."
Aug 22 2010 Exclusive by Derek Alexander, Sunday Mail
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The polish drugs gang flooding Scotland with lethal new legal high Benzo Fury