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
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