It’s ‘Crazy Friday’ at Rockafella’s when Gazette’s Crime Reporter Vanessa Cornall paid the shop a visit to see what all the flyers had been about.
On the door were signs boasting some of its goods inside – T-shirts and the like – were “Direct From Amsterdam”.
Posing as a customer Vanessa was sold a single £15 tablet of 5-EAPB in a transaction taking less than five minutes.
After explaining she was new to experimenting with legal highs she asked the man working in the shop what he recommended.
Stating it was “Crazy Friday” he offered our reporter two grammes of powdered drugs for £30 – in a buy one get one free deal.
Pointing at the tablets in a poster on the desk, the shopkeeper said he had some “really good stuff” in tablet form we may also be interested in.
Referring to his “bag of tricks”, the man unzipped a black backpack to reveal hundreds of pre-packaged tablets.
Offering no health warnings or information, the man handed over the potentially dangerous drug in exchange for cash.
Once outside, Vanessa looked closely at what she had been sold.
On the front of the packet, are the words ‘Research Chemical Pellet’.
A warning sign is printed on the packaging, which also clearly states ‘not for human consumption’ or for sale to anyone under 18.
On the back of the packet, it states “harmful if swallowed,” “may cause respiratory irritation” alongside the warning “if swallowed call a poison centre.”
Clubland gets tough to keep out drugs
Nightclub owners in Blackpool today said they are taking a tough stance against legal highs.
Owners of some of the resort’s most popular night spots say they have strict “zero-tolerance” policies in place when it comes to any type of drugs.
Peter Bowden, owner of Sanuk, on the Promenade at North Shore, said anyone caught with drugs in his venue would be asked to leave.
He said: “Our policy is anyone caught with drugs of any type, whether that be tablets, powder or weed, will have the drugs confiscated and be asked to leave. Obviously, this is if the amount is for personal use. The drugs are then immediately put in the drugs safe and handed over to the police.
“If we catch someone with large quantities of drugs we contact the police immediately.
“We have no way of knowing what the drugs are we confiscate so we treat them all the same.”
Fellow nightclub owner Basil Newby, who owns Flamingo and Funny Girls, said: “We operate a zero-tolerance policy with drugs and do random searches at the door.
“Anyone found with any drugs for personal use has them confiscated and we ban that person.
“If we catch them selling it’s a life-time ban.
“On top of that, we have people working undercover looking to see if anything is going on.”
Mr Newby said confiscated drugs were put into a safe and handed over to police.
He added: “If people are selling drugs legally it makes our job a lot harder because where are they going with them? They’re coming into our clubs.
“It needs to be sorted out with more regulation.”