Man in court over blue tablets

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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

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