Judge's stern warning over drugs 'scourge'
A JUDGE has warned of the dangers of meow meow as he jailed a Llanelli dealer for his part in spreading the drug, which he called a "scourge" of society.
Judge Paul Thomas jailed 20-year-old Simon Morris for six months.
Swansea Crown Court was told that Morris was found with drugs valued at £500 and admitted possessing them with intent to supply.
Morris had admitted he was planning to sell the drugs to fund his own meow meow habit.
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Judge Thomas said: "This drug is one which is relatively new on the scene, but it is has already became a scourge in the community — not least on your life.
"It's having a devastating effect on the community and the consequences on users are becoming more and more known, as is the havoc it wreaks on people's lives.
"The courts have a duty to send out a clear message that those who deal in meow meow will be dealt with harshly."
He then jailed Morris, of Grant Street in Llanelli, for six months.
Nicholas Jenkins, 26, of Havelock Street, Llanelli, appeared in the dock with him.
Jenkins admitted possessing the drug and was given a conditional discharge.
Judge Thomas said: "You have just seen what happens when you get involved in meow meow. That same thing will happen to you if you get involved in drugs."
The substance, which has the chemical name mephedrone, is the most recent "legal high" to have been criminalised as a Class B substance back in 2010.
In Llanelli, the drug has taken such a devastating grip on the town it has become the subject of a campaign by the Post's sister paper, the Llanelli Star, to rid the streets of the substance.
The Kill The Cat campaign has been backed by AMs Keith Davies and Simon Thomas, Dyfed Powys's police and crime commissioner candidates Christopher Salmon and Christine Gwyther, town mayor Winston Lemon and drugs worker Alan Andrews — who claimed he has never seen any substance have this sort of effect on users.
The worrying effects of the substance can include anxiety and paranoia and overstimulation of the heart and nervous system, with risk of fits.
Doctors at Swansea's Morriston Hospital A&E in warned last week about the unpredictable and violent behaviour of some users of the drug.