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Monkey dust: Terrifying Drug now on UK streets for £2

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A new psychoactive substance has sparked a crisis in a UK city - where the drug is bought for as little as £2 a hit.

The synthetic drug, dubbed 'monkey dust', is sending increasing numbers of people into violent and psychotic episodes in the UK. 'Monkey dust', similar to PCP, typically comes in the form of a powder.

Also known by the sinister monikers 'Zombie Dust' and 'Cannibal Dust', it stops users from feeling pain and causes agitation, severe paranoia and hallucinations. Furthermore, it can also induce hypothermia by producing high body temperatures.

The effects of the synthetic drug can last for several days, with the most serious cases requiring emergency hospital treatment. Emergency services are said to be dealing with an epidemic, where they encounter psychotic and violent patients hooked on the substance daily.

Worryingly, the drug, also called MDPV, can be picked up for as little as £2.

Despite several Police raids, the source of the supply remains unclear. It is not only illegal to buy and sell drugs but can also be very dangerous and potentially fatal.

How can we help?

At Emery Johnson Astills  our specialist advocates in our Criminal Defence Team are highly experienced in dealing with drugs offences at both the Magistrates’ and Crown Court. If you find yourself facing any drugs offence it is vital to contact a solicitor as soon as possible to obtain expert legal advice. Representation at the police station is free, and legal aid may be available for your case at the Magistrates’ and Crown Court. For offences which do not qualify for legal aid, we offer fixed fees for appointments and representation. To discuss any drugs offences please contact our Criminal Defence Team at Emery Johnson Astills in Leicester on 0116 2554855 or in Loughborough on 01509 610312.

What sentence can I receive for drugs offences?

The sentence imposed by the Court will depend upon the level of offending, the involvement in the offending, and the classification and value of the drugs in question.

At Emery Johnson Astills our specialist advocates in our Criminal Defence team are highly experienced in dealing with drugs offences at both the Magistrates’ and Crown Court. If you find yourself facing any drugs offence it is vital to contact a solicitor as soon as possible to obtain expert legal advice. Representation at the police station is free, and legal aid may be available for your case at the Magistrates’ and Crown Court. Alternatively for offences which do not qualify for legal aid we offer fixed fees for appointments and representation. To discuss any drugs offences please contact our Criminal Defence team in Leicester on 0116 2554855 or in Loughborough on 01509 610312.