A particularly ‘strong batch’ of the Class B drug mephedrone circulating in Aylesbury Vale has sparked a police crackdown resulting in six arrests.
The drug – also known as meow meow, bubbles, meph, and MCAT – has a powder base but some users have reported a strong batch in circulation which looks like tiny crystals or shards of glass.
Operation Awareness was launched in response to the rise and since it began, police have executed six search warrants and made six arrests – the most recent being on Wednesday.
Two 16-year-old boys and a 43-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs.
The 43 year old and one of the 16 year olds were released on bail until 4 February, while the other 16 year old remains in custody.
Mephedrone shares similarities with other stimulant drugs such as cocaine, but one of the biggest differences is how quickly people become highly addicted to it.
It can also affect people more quickly – for example your nose can be damaged quicker than with snorting cocaine.
Some of the adverse side effects include:
> Over stimulating the heart, circulation and nervous system to cause fits
> Extreme weight loss over a short period of time
> Serious mental health problems including anxiety, fear, aggression, crying, the inability to talk and misunderstanding what others are saying
> An increased risk of blood clots leading to gangrene
> An increased risk of contracting bloodborne diseases such as Hepatitis C and HIV by sharing needles
LPA Commander for Aylesbury Vale Supt Olly Wright said: “Mephedrone became a controlled class B drug in April 2010. This means that being in possession of it can get you up to five years in prison and supplying it to others can result in a 14 year prison sentence and unlimited fine.
“There is also a risk that young people could become involved in criminal activity in order to fund their drug habit, which can have an adverse effect on their future. We are urging people to not take drugs and stay away from unknown substances.
“This drug is usually produced in illicit labs and we cannot know what is going into these drugs.
“Therefore, we do not know what the potential side effects of using mephedrone are, but I am really concerned at how widely used this drug seems to be getting, and the increase in needle use we are seeing.”
If you have any information relating to mephedrone use and supply in Aylesbury Vale, please contact the police immediately via 101.
If you don’t want to speak directly to the police, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.