A DRUG dealer who masked the club drug ‘bubble’ as a potent Dutch high has been jailed.
In the first case of its kind in Lancashire, Ben Brown duped Blackpool’s clubbers into thinking they were buying bottles of ‘Liquid Love’, which originates in Holland and should contain liquid Ecstasy and GHB.
But in fact 21-year-old Brown was mixing the liquid himself in an Ansdell flat, adding Class B drug mephedrone, commonly called ‘bubble’, water and vodka to make his drug.
He was locked up for three years for his scheme, after admitting possessing a Class B drug with intent to supply.
Preston Crown Court heard police discovered someone was selling “Liquid Love” in the resort after door staff confiscated bottles of the drug.
Brown’s rented flat on Bailey Avenue was then raided by officers, who discovered 1,100 filled “Liquid Love” bottles and a further 9,000 empty bottles.
Brown, of Bambers Lane North, Blackpool, tried to claim he had been involved in a scam to provide vodka shots and coloured water and only found out about the drugs at the last minute.
Defending, Christopher Marsh-Finch said: “At some stage, when the preparation was finished, he was told a small amount of the drug had been added.
“Almost all the bottles were still in the flat.
“He very much regrets getting involved.”
But jailing Brown, Judge Pamela Badley said it was clear, even if others had been involved, Brown had known about the drugs from the outset.
Det Con Chris Gallagher, from Blackpool CID, said: “Brown had made his own crude mix and although a user can never be sure exactly what they are taking, they were being misled into thinking they were buying one thing but in fact were being given something entirely different.
“This is incredibly dangerous and the risks to people’s safety that were created by Brown and his business are reflected in the severity of the sentence he has been given.”