Barrow businessman charged following legal highs crackdown
Last updated at 16:39, Monday, 20 January 2014
ONE man will appear in court and another is on bail following a police sting on legal highs in Barrow late last year.
Police have revealed Wayne Moffatt, who runs Living World in Barrow, has been charged as part of the nationwide Operation Burdock crackdown on legal highs.
Moffatt was arrested alongside a 38-year-old Barrow man following a police raid on the Duke Street store.
Across the country 73 search warrants were executed and 44 arrests were made.
In Cumbria legal highs were seized from a number of premises, including Living World, and £6,000 in cash was seized from premises elsewhere in the county, a government report has revealed.
Police have now confirmed that Moffatt, 54, of Myerscough Street, Barrow, has been charged in connection with supplying an article to administer a controlled drug.
A 38-year-old man remains on bail until January 28 on suspicion of possession of a class B drug.
Operation Burdock aimed to disrupt the legal high market and act as a deterrent to those who believe that because they are dealing in legal highs that they are above the law. Historically, a number of substances sold as legal highs have been found to be class B drugs and Supt Mark Pannone, of Cumbria police, has stressed ignorance is a not a defence for anyone caught with a substance they believed to be legal at the point of purchase.
ITV star Jeremy Kyle filmed a raid on Living World for a new pilot due to be shown this year.
Norman Baker, a home office minister, announced plans to withdraw UK support for an EU move which would see only the “most dangerous” substances banned. after the body claimed up to 20 per cent of legal highs are sold with a legitimate purpose.
Visit www.epetitions.direct .gov.uk/petitions/52459 to find out more or to sign the petition.
To date more than 200 people have signed it.
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- ‘Legal highs will kill a child this year’ - top Cumbria cop
- Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner voices concerns as legal highs problem ‘begins to grow’
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First published at 16:12, Monday, 20 January 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Am I missing something? The guy got arrested for selling LEGAL highs? Forgive me if I'm wrong but, he's well within his rights to sell the products until the law says he can't.What's he charged with? Making a living?