A Stoke-on-Trent judge has hit out at the increase in use of lethal drugs like ‘monkey dust’ in the city as he locked up two drug dealers.
Sentencing the pair at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, Judge Paul Glenn said he would urge the Government to tackle the increasing problem.
He said: “Monkey dust is a dangerous and frightening drug.
“It can cause the taker to have violent and extreme outbursts and severe paranoia.”
“I am massively concerned about ‘monkey dust’ and its effects.
“It is something I would like the Government to take up.”
The judge spoke as he locked up Andrew White for almost four years and Couri Wilson for three and a half years.
White, 23, of Milton Road, Sneyd Green, pleaded guilty to possession of ‘monkey dust’ and alpha-PVP with intent to supply as well importing drugs from Spain.
Wilson, 19, of Pleydell Street, Sneyd Green, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs including heroin and Alpha-PVP and was also in breach of an Asbo.
PCP or ‘monkey dust’ is a class A drug similar to cocaine, as is alpha-PVP, which is highly addictive.
The court heard police stopped Wilson and White driving around Manchester in April last year.
Officers found small bags of alpha-PVP, £410 cash and a set of digital scales.
The pair were arrested and searched and more drugs were found in the waistband of Wilson’s jogging bottoms.
Their houses were searched in which drug paraphernalia was found such as scales, empty snap bags and a mobile phone containing texts referable to drug dealing.
Prosecutor Ian Ball said: “Mr White was also found with a kilo of class A drugs worth £20,000 on his return from Ibiza to Manchester Airport.”
White was jailed for 33 months and 56 days.
Wilson was detained for three and a half years in a Young Offenders’ Institution.