A 21-year-old man was arrested last week, after attempting to smuggle 50kg of the drug mephedrone through Glasgow Airport. The substance, which was recently declared illegal, is known colloquially as Meow Meow, and contributed to the deaths of at least two teenagers in March this year.
Mephedrone, not to be confused with methadone, a synthetic painkiller used to reduce withdrawal effects in recovering drug addicts, was known until the beginning of April as a ‘legal high,’ despite growing concern about its misuse. Dealers would sell the drug under the guise of plant food or bath salts, often to young teenagers.
The deaths of a number of people across the world led to an investigation into mephedrone, which ultimately led to its inclusion in the Misuse of Drugs Act as a Class B substance, alongside cannabis, speed, and codeine. The recent mephedrone bust at Glasgow Airport was one of the first arrests of its kind in Scotland.
Officers predict that the street-value of the haul would have been close to £500,000. The drug was intended for an address in Ayrshire, which prompted the search of four properties in the area. Detective Allan Moffat, of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, was concerned that people may still believe that mephedrone is ‘safe.’
‘Classifying the drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act sends a clear message that the substance is harmful, and it is vital that users understand the risks,’ Detective Moffat explained. The Glasgow incident was Scotland’s fourth mephedrone-related arrest in under a week, after three men were taken into custody during the previous weekend.