Killer drug discovered in N-east
Man and woman held
A MAN and woman have become the first people in Scotland to be charged in relation to a potentially-deadly party drug.
The drug – linked to a string of deaths in Europe – was seized in Fraserburgh.
The pair were charged over being allegedly involved in the supply of a new form of the class A substance known as PMMA.
The drug, usually sold in tablet form, was uncovered by Grampian Police in a solid powder resembling crack cocaine.
A woman age 20, and a 31-yearold man were charged in relation to the incident.
The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland ( ACPOS) said the pair were understood to be the first in Scotland to face criminal charges in relation to the drug.
The bust came just days after The Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency (SCDEA) issued a warning about the dangers of the drug – full name ParaMethoxyMethylAmphetamine – following links to 19 deaths in mainland Europe since last summer.
Grampian Police said a “dealer quantity” of PMMA was Fraserburgh.
A police spokesman said: “The drug, which has been detected in powder and tablet form in the UK and abroad and which is sometimes passed off by dealers as a legal high, on this occasion was in a different form.
“It was a white, solidly compressed powder, quite similar in appearance to crack cocaine. Police suspect it may have been supplied as ecstasy or amphetamine.” Inspector Andy Imray, the force's substance misuse coordinator, said the drug could kill. He said: “It is v e r y wor r y i n g that this drug has been found in the region.
“As reported by the SCDEA, it has been linked with deaths in mainland Europe. “Very little is known about this drug and the variety of forms it has been detected in is extremely concerning.
“Users of any controlled or uncontrolled substance, not only those taking recreational drugs, need to be alert to the presence of PMMA and the very serious risks it presents to their health and wellbeing.”
Grampian Police urged anyone who may have information on the substance to report it immediately.