Suspected synthetic drugs and cash seized after raid on Hunter business

Suspected synthetic drugs have been seized following a police raid on a Hunter business.

Police confiscated seven bags of a substance labelled Bangkok Betty and 266 bags labelled Potpourri Sensation.

Three bags of white powder and a quantity of cash were also seized during the raid.

Police suspected the bags contained illegal synthetic drugs and  forwarded them for forensic examination.

Central Hunter crime manager Detective Inspector George Radmore said the results of the forensic testing were expected to take a few weeks.

Information about suspected illegal drug supply led officers to execute a search warrant on the business on Thursday, November 24 at about 1.30pm.

The incident comes 10 months after the death of Rutherford teenager Dean Shield.

Investigators believe the 17-year-old used a synthetic form of cannabis called Chronic shortly before his death.

Following Dean’s death, raids on a home at Rutherford and a business located several bags of synthetic drugs, including Bangkok Betty.

Detective Inspector Radmore said the death of the teenager was evidence of the dangers of synthetic drug use.

In 2013, the NSW Government put a blanket ban on the manufacture, supply and advertising of all substances used for psychoactive effects.

Queensland and South Australia have since also introduced a ban on all synthetic drugs.

In other states and territories, only specific substances are prohibited but new ones are regularly added to the list.

Penalties for the supply or manufacture of synthetic drugs in NSW include jail sentences of up to two years, more than $2000 in fines or both.

Anyone with information about synthetic drug supply is urged contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Reports can also be made online at the Crime Stoppers page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ 

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