Belfast Telegraph

Police issue 'legal high' warning

A so-called legal high being sold across shop counters in Northern Ireland contains a potentially deadly Class A drug, police have said.

The product, 'Ocean Snow', has been bought by young people in "head shops" in the region.

Police said tests on seized samples had found the controlled Class A drug PMMA (p-methoxymethylamphetamine). They said PMMA had recently been linked to a number of deaths in Europe.

Detective Inspector Andy Dunlop of the PSNI's Organised Crime Branch warned that anyone found with the drug would face prosecution.

"Samples of seized Ocean Snow have been found to contain the Class A controlled drug PMMA, which can cause serious harm to human health and can have dangerous psychological side effects," he said.

"PMMA has recently been linked to a number of deaths throughout Europe. Anyone caught in possession of this drug can expect to face arrest and prosecution.

"In addition, the consequences of selling an illegal substance are severe. As well as this substance being seriously detrimental to health, a prosecution will result in a criminal record.

"Anyone convicted of supplying a Class A controlled drugs can expect to face up to life imprisonment."

The Organised Crime Branch said it welcomed any information in relation to anyone involved in the supply or distribution of the drug.

Officers can be contacted on 0845 600 8000.

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