Killer drug dis­cov­ered in N-east

Man and woman held

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - FAMILY MEMORIES -

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.

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