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Man sentenced to 12 years in first believed prosecution for supplying "legal high" GBL

10/12/2010

Following the sentencing at Reading Crown Court, Andrew Penhale, Unit Head of the Crown Prosecution Service Organised Crime Division in the North said:
"The significance of this prosecution is that it involves a defendant running an apparently legitimate, internet-based chemical business, which actually facilitated the wholesale trafficking of Class A drugs and the sale of other illegitimate chemicals.

"This case also involved what we believe is the first prosecution for the supply of the legal high GBL, which became a Class C controlled drug in December 2009.

"David Wain sold massive quantities of cutting agents, such as benzocaine, lidocaine, paracetamol and caffeine. These are legal chemical products, with legitimate applications in the chemical market.

"However, for the defendant, who operated his chemical business from his mothers garage, the onward sale of these chemicals enabled drug dealers to increase hugely their profits through mixing them with illegal drugs. He also provided GBL and, despite being asked to stop supplying this drug by the mother of one of the users he sold it to, he continued to do so knowing full well its effect.

"The success of this prosecution relied upon the continued determination of the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the CPS Organised Crime Division to prevent companies such as Wains from operating illegitimately. An investigation into Wains activities in 2006 resulted in him being warned about his involvement with drug dealers. He chose to ignore those warnings and continued dealing in the same way, thereby proving that he knew what he was doing.

"This case sends a strong message to facilitators that they are not beyond the reach of the law.

"An investigation into Wains criminal benefit and confiscation of his assets will now take place. David Wain has been given a five years Serious Crime Prevention Order preventing him from dealing with chemicals following his release from prison, after an application by the CPS."

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