Banned Drugs Disguised as Printer Ink

A BBC TV investigation has found that illegal psychoactive substances are flooding into the Scottish black market, hidden in inkjet cartridges.

According to the Daily Record, China-based gangs disguise the substances as “printing ink fillers”.

BBC Scotland journalists have uncovered a Chinese chemical company and its Scottish business partner exporting and selling Ethylphenidate—a substance which was listed as a banned drug in the UK since April 2015. The undercover reporters were told by the Scottish distributor that the chemical can be purchased in $15,000 (£13,300) batches.

As reported by The Recycler, a blanket ban is to be introduced to outlaw the production, sale and supply of new psychoactive substances (NPS) from next year. This follows 2,229 incidents including the rise in the number of deaths from just 4 in 2009 to 114 in 2014.

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