Man in court over blue tablets
the basis they were Viagra.
“He was duped into buying the tablets when phenazepam has exactly the opposite effect to what they were purchased for and then being found in possession of the tablets by the police.
“He has no history of regular drug use.”
According to drug information website Talk to Frank, phenazepam relieves tension and anxiety and helps the user feel calm A shopkeeper made a cock-up when he attempted to buy Viagra and ended up with an illegal drug that had the opposite effect.
Tejas Mistry, 32, was caught with 44 tablets of phenazepam, a relaxant five times stronger than Valium that was made illegal in the UK in 2012.
However when Mistry, who owns Ashford News in County Square, appeared at Canterbury Magistrates’ Court on drugs charges on Monday he made the admission that he was actually trying to purchase pills to aid his performance in the bedroom.
Defending Mistry, Steve Tarleton said: “He feels rather foolish to have purchased the tablets on and relaxed. It is used in Russia to treat epilepsy and neurological disorders but the risk of overdosing when used recreationally is high, especially when mixed with alcohol.
The tablets have a street value of between 50p and £1 per tablet and the amount of phenazepam in the tablets Mistry bought was relatively small as they were not a pure version of the pill.
Mistry, of Grosvenor Road, Kennington, was charged with possession of the class C phenazepam and an amount of cannabis after officers raided his home at 9am on Thursday, March 13.
Prosector Antonia Porter told the court: “The search revealed a quantity of cannabis and 44 phenazepam tablets. There was an admission in interview that he thought the blue tablets were Viagra.”
Mistry was fined a total of £512.
Ashford shopkeeper Tejas Mistry, left, has been fined after being found in possession of the illegal drug phenazepam. He said he thought was buying Viagra, above