A LARGE quantity of a highly toxic class A drug PMMA, was seized in Fraserburgh last week.
The Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency released an alert on the illegal drug last week.
Following the alert issued by the SCDEA on Friday July 22 about the dangerous, Class A drug PMMA, Grampian Police confirmed that a small, dealer quantity of the drug had been seized in Fraserburgh on Wednesday July 27.
The drug, which has been detected in powder and tablet form in the UK and abroad and is sometimes being passed off by dealers as a ‘legal high’.
Little is known about Para Methoxy Methyl Amphetamine (PMMA) and has recently been highlighted due to the drug being linked to deaths in Europe.
On this particular occasion the class A drug was in a different form. It was described as being white, solidly compressed powder, quite similar in appearance to ‘crack’ Cocaine.
Police suspect it may have been supplied as Ecstasy or Amphetamine due to the similar appearance.
Inspector Andy Imray, Substance Misuse Coordinator for the force said, “It is very worrying that this drug has been found in the region. As reported by the SCDEA, it has been linked with deaths in mainland Europe.
Very little is known about this drug and the variety of forms it has been detected in is extremely concerning.
Users of any controlled or uncontrolled substance, not only those taking recreational drugs, need to be alert to the presence of PMMA and the very serious risks it presents to their health and wellbeing.”
The drug was linked to a number of deaths in Iceland and Holland with a reported 12 deaths being linked to the drug in Norway.
Anyone with information on the supply of PMMA or any substance suspected to contain the drug is asked to contact Grampian Police on 0845 600 5 700 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Anyone who has suffered detrimental effects after taking a substance is urged to seek medical attention.