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Two arrested after Peruvian cactus seized in Newcastle

  1. chillinwill
    Two men have been arrested in an operation targeting the supply of a drug produced from cactus plants.

    Police seized a suspected Peruvian Torch cactus, a variety which can be processed to produce mescaline, in a raid at a Newcastle city centre shop.

    Two men, aged 44 and 76, were arrested on suspicion of supplying mescaline, which is a psychedelic drug.

    On Wednesday, two men, aged 20, were arrested after officers seized £20,000 worth of mescaline in Northumberland.

    The raid took place at a house in Stocksfield, Hexham, and the men are being questioned in connection with the importation of class A drugs.

    Police said mescaline is a naturally occurring psychedelic found in several cactus species in South America.

    The drug can cause dizziness, vomiting and in some cases the hallucinatory visions can lead to nightmares and cause psychotic reactions.

    February 25, 2010
    BBC News


  1. snapper
    It takes at least a food of san pedro (mature foot of >4 inch diameter) to one dose of mescaline (~ 200-500mg). So how much cactii could these guys have had ? SWIM bets they miscalculated the dosage (maybe thinking 10 mg is a dose instead of a low estimated street dose of 100mg) or these guys were synthing it. Probably extracted a half a dozen hits with lemon juice and were made an example of... The whole thing is even more suspicious given that one of these criminals is 76 years old. Sad - both because of the impact on these people's lives as well as a waste of drug enforcement resources.
  2. Mortality
    A dog was telling me about a dream he had about this story, He was saying that in his dream the 2 old blokes were owners of a headshop and the young lads had ordered some powered San pedro 900g of it believing it was legal and it got stopped by customs. In his dream the cactus never even made it to the house but a parcel of something of equal weight did and was delivered by a undercover policeman. He was thinking either the police or papers got wrong idea but he doesn't know. Just thought I'd post it. To be honest the dream sounded like a nightmare to me!!!
  3. bubbly nubs
    They probably thought the powdered cacti was pure mescaline. If so - bunch of idiots. The police really don't know what's going on with drugs. When SWIM was busted with GHB they said there was maybe 20 doses, saying that a dose was 15-20ml, but the concentration was 0.5g/ml. They fucked up for the better in SWIM's case but this time it seems like they have fucked up for the worst.
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