Police seize £200,000 of products from legal high store Hush in Taunton

Somerset County Gazette: PC Jim Breakwell, left, with Sgt Scott Minall. PC Jim Breakwell, left, with Sgt Scott Minall.

POLICE have taken around £200,000 worth of products from legal high shop Hush in Taunton this morning (December 19).

Six officers carried out a search of the property after acquiring a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Sgt Scott Minall, of the pro-active crime team in the Somerset West district, said they were acting on information given to them by the general public.

He said: "We were given information that some of the legal highs may contain illegal substances.

"We also had information that there was some dealing going on in the location.

"All of the products will be seized and samples will be tested."

Shutters were pulled down at the shop, on Bridge Street, this afternoon and staff members were being questioned at Taunton Police Station.

Police say if there are no problems found with the substances, then they would be returned.

Somerset County Gazette: Police activity at legal high store Hush in Taunton.

There were five or six police officers at the scene at around 11am this morning.

Sgt Minall said today's raid was one of the largest 'intelligence-led' seizures in the area he could remember.

The shop was closed while police officers carried out their search and the store could remain closed under the investigation is completed.

The shop's owner Simon Tomlin was not present during the search and was unavailable for comment when the County Gazette contacted the Exeter branch today.

Detective inspector Ray Hulin from Taunton CID said: "We received information about suspected controlled substances supposedly being retailed within in products known as legal highs."

Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) known as 'Legal Highs' are often designed as plant food, bath crystals or research chemicals and are sometimes labelled 'not fit for human consumption.'

These substances when retailed as legal highs are often given product names similar to the street drugs they supposed to mimic.

DI Hulin went on to say: "In the past, many NPS we have seized have turned out to be controlled substances or they contain chemicals that have never been tested on humans and can cause serious injury or even death.

"We are committed to preventing illegal and dangerous substances being sold to members of the public.

"Anyone who buys NPS is playing roulette with their health, they are often chemicals designed to be used for other purposes and are not suitable for consumption and sometimes do contain illegal substances, which can have legal consequences for anyone selling or in possession of them."

No arrests have been made.

Anyone concerned about illegal drugs in their area can contact the police on 101.

 

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12:17pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Slow down! says...

Its about time this shop was closed down.
Its about time this shop was closed down. Slow down!

12:34pm Thu 19 Dec 13

FreeSpeech? says...

Yeh shut it down, much better to have some shady geezer dealing outside schools or on the street corner. Not a user myself but understand it can't be stopped so better to have it where you can keep an eye on it.
Of course he may not be selling anything illegal and has been reported by members of the public who disagree with anyone enjoying anything.
Yeh shut it down, much better to have some shady geezer dealing outside schools or on the street corner. Not a user myself but understand it can't be stopped so better to have it where you can keep an eye on it. Of course he may not be selling anything illegal and has been reported by members of the public who disagree with anyone enjoying anything. FreeSpeech?

12:37pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Slow down! says...

Legal high user fights for his life in Musgrove!

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Enough said.
Legal high user fights for his life in Musgrove! http://www.somersetc ountygazette.co.uk/n ews/10730361.Legal_h igh_user_fights_for_ his_life_in_Musgrove _Park_Hospital__Taun ton/ Enough said. Slow down!

4:12pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Taunton Joe says...

Instead of the police harassing this shop that has all of its products on display and clearly marked 'Not for human consumption', why don't they try and focus their efforts on real crime caused by actual criminals.

Shops sell glue, and we all know that people use this perfectly legal product to get high. I don't see the police raiding thousands of pounds worth of products from B&Q every other month to try and bully them out of the town...

I mean were am I supposed to buy my blunt wraps if this shop closes down due to constant unfair harassment from the public servants?
Instead of the police harassing this shop that has all of its products on display and clearly marked 'Not for human consumption', why don't they try and focus their efforts on real crime caused by actual criminals. Shops sell glue, and we all know that people use this perfectly legal product to get high. I don't see the police raiding thousands of pounds worth of products from B&Q every other month to try and bully them out of the town... I mean were am I supposed to buy my blunt wraps if this shop closes down due to constant unfair harassment from the public servants? Taunton Joe

4:54pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Slow down! says...

But to be fair to B&Q customers most of them aren't smoking joints outside.
But to be fair to B&Q customers most of them aren't smoking joints outside. Slow down!

7:45pm Thu 19 Dec 13

what is on then says...

in my opinion the problem isnt with drugs, drugs have been around almost as we have, and even with 100 of millions of pounds spent buy every government to fight them they are now more easy to perjure and of a higher quality than in the past brining in billions of pounds which is funnelled into organised crime,human trafficking and terrorism, so wouldn't it make alot more sense if more substances were legal? regulated, taxed, limited, and addicts would be able to seek easy assistantents with rehabilitation rather than ending up with criminal records which prohibit them from reaching higher paying jobs? whilst at the same time bringing down the cost of policing dramatically, bringing in massive tax rather than costing money, and creating tourism, just to clarify i don't think drugs are something to promote but the arnt a problem that can be dealt with trough policing,,,,,,
in my opinion the problem isnt with drugs, drugs have been around almost as we have, and even with 100 of millions of pounds spent buy every government to fight them they are now more easy to perjure and of a higher quality than in the past brining in billions of pounds which is funnelled into organised crime,human trafficking and terrorism, so wouldn't it make alot more sense if more substances were legal? regulated, taxed, limited, and addicts would be able to seek easy assistantents with rehabilitation rather than ending up with criminal records which prohibit them from reaching higher paying jobs? whilst at the same time bringing down the cost of policing dramatically, bringing in massive tax rather than costing money, and creating tourism, just to clarify i don't think drugs are something to promote but the arnt a problem that can be dealt with trough policing,,,,,, what is on then

10:31pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Taunton Guy says...

These people who peddle "legal highs" are scum who make millions from the suffering of decent families.
The trade is driven by very well educated chemists in China and other places who research legal and illegal psychoactive compounds and modify them by adding chemical groups to create new substances that are not covered by the addictive drug laws or chemical safety controls. The short and long term damage to the brain are just not understood - but they give "high" feelings. Potential short term damage includes heart attacks and uncontrolled behaviour - long term the effects are depression, flash-backs, fits and dementia - not nice.
They make alcohol, tobacco, cocaine and cannabis look like healthy habits. Anyone who uses them is taking big risks and the people that make sell them are evil and greedy. This shop needs shutting down fast. I'd rather see heroin peddlers legalised than let this scum trade in our streets. PARENTS - BE WARNED. We should do all we can to protest and shut it down - write to Jeremy Brown and ask him what he is doing to protect our families and young people. Legal Highs are killing people up and down the country. If you don't believe it, search Google news for the subject - you will see for yourself.
These people who peddle "legal highs" are scum who make millions from the suffering of decent families. The trade is driven by very well educated chemists in China and other places who research legal and illegal psychoactive compounds and modify them by adding chemical groups to create new substances that are not covered by the addictive drug laws or chemical safety controls. The short and long term damage to the brain are just not understood - but they give "high" feelings. Potential short term damage includes heart attacks and uncontrolled behaviour - long term the effects are depression, flash-backs, fits and dementia - not nice. They make alcohol, tobacco, cocaine and cannabis look like healthy habits. Anyone who uses them is taking big risks and the people that make sell them are evil and greedy. This shop needs shutting down fast. I'd rather see heroin peddlers legalised than let this scum trade in our streets. PARENTS - BE WARNED. We should do all we can to protest and shut it down - write to Jeremy Brown and ask him what he is doing to protect our families and young people. Legal Highs are killing people up and down the country. If you don't believe it, search Google news for the subject - you will see for yourself. Taunton Guy

10:51pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Taunton Guy says...

Google News search for "Legal Highs Deaths" - follow this link;

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Or go to Google - News and search "legal highs death"

You can't say that this is acceptable in our society - it is shocking
Google News search for "Legal Highs Deaths" - follow this link; https://www.google.c o.uk/search?hl=en&gl =uk&tbm=nws&authuser =0&q=legal+high+deat hs&oq=legal+high+dea ths&gs_l=news-cc.3.. 43j43i53.2356.10060. 0.10567.17.4.0.13.13 .0.102.335.3j1.4.0.. .0.0...1ac.1.p-lzfAq 1TYc Or go to Google - News and search "legal highs death" You can't say that this is acceptable in our society - it is shocking Taunton Guy

2:58pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Tauntonstudent says...

All those going on about legal high deaths need to take a minute to think... Alcohol and Tobacco alone kill far more people than these substance yet you're not slating them? Taunton guy who also mentions long term effects of these substances such as dementia? How would you know this, nobody does... If you did your research you would find these kinds of drugs are relatively new, far too new for a side effect of dementia to be exposed through their use. The use of legal highs should be a choice given to people in my opinion and it is better they buy them in a controlled store than from a dangerous backstreet dealer. Those warning "parents" of the dangers are also ridiculous. The store will only sell to adults no differently again from alcohol or tobacco, if your children are gaining access to the substances then maybe you should take a look at your parenting skills and blame yourselves rather than pushing the blame onto those just making an honest living in retail.
All those going on about legal high deaths need to take a minute to think... Alcohol and Tobacco alone kill far more people than these substance yet you're not slating them? Taunton guy who also mentions long term effects of these substances such as dementia? How would you know this, nobody does... If you did your research you would find these kinds of drugs are relatively new, far too new for a side effect of dementia to be exposed through their use. The use of legal highs should be a choice given to people in my opinion and it is better they buy them in a controlled store than from a dangerous backstreet dealer. Those warning "parents" of the dangers are also ridiculous. The store will only sell to adults no differently again from alcohol or tobacco, if your children are gaining access to the substances then maybe you should take a look at your parenting skills and blame yourselves rather than pushing the blame onto those just making an honest living in retail. Tauntonstudent

4:06pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Taunton Joe says...

Taunton Guy: How uneducated are you? You must be joking, you would prefer heroin to be easier to get hold of than these chemicals... Just from that statement, any other point you make is invalid.

Slow Down: And that makes a difference how?
Taunton Guy: How uneducated are you? You must be joking, you would prefer heroin to be easier to get hold of than these chemicals... Just from that statement, any other point you make is invalid. Slow Down: And that makes a difference how? Taunton Joe

4:20pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Slow down! says...

Tauntonstudent wrote:
All those going on about legal high deaths need to take a minute to think... Alcohol and Tobacco alone kill far more people than these substance yet you're not slating them? Taunton guy who also mentions long term effects of these substances such as dementia? How would you know this, nobody does... If you did your research you would find these kinds of drugs are relatively new, far too new for a side effect of dementia to be exposed through their use. The use of legal highs should be a choice given to people in my opinion and it is better they buy them in a controlled store than from a dangerous backstreet dealer. Those warning "parents" of the dangers are also ridiculous. The store will only sell to adults no differently again from alcohol or tobacco, if your children are gaining access to the substances then maybe you should take a look at your parenting skills and blame yourselves rather than pushing the blame onto those just making an honest living in retail.
But people are well aware of the risk that drink and fags can have long term or if taken to excess levels, the fact is we don't know what the risks are with this junk.

Legal or not I'm glad the Police have taken some action agaisnt this shop, the sooner its gone the better for the town and its young people.

Well done Plod
[quote][p][bold]Tauntonstudent[/bold] wrote: All those going on about legal high deaths need to take a minute to think... Alcohol and Tobacco alone kill far more people than these substance yet you're not slating them? Taunton guy who also mentions long term effects of these substances such as dementia? How would you know this, nobody does... If you did your research you would find these kinds of drugs are relatively new, far too new for a side effect of dementia to be exposed through their use. The use of legal highs should be a choice given to people in my opinion and it is better they buy them in a controlled store than from a dangerous backstreet dealer. Those warning "parents" of the dangers are also ridiculous. The store will only sell to adults no differently again from alcohol or tobacco, if your children are gaining access to the substances then maybe you should take a look at your parenting skills and blame yourselves rather than pushing the blame onto those just making an honest living in retail.[/p][/quote]But people are well aware of the risk that drink and fags can have long term or if taken to excess levels, the fact is we don't know what the risks are with this junk. Legal or not I'm glad the Police have taken some action agaisnt this shop, the sooner its gone the better for the town and its young people. Well done Plod Slow down!

3:32pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Captain Crazy says...

Slow down! wrote:
Its about time this shop was closed down.
Why?
[quote][p][bold]Slow down![/bold] wrote: Its about time this shop was closed down.[/p][/quote]Why? Captain Crazy

4:45pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Captain Crazy says...

WHOOOSH!

Why so much negativity? Surely the logical resolution would be to pinpoint the investigative upheaval at the main supplier/s.
I have yet to hear of any reports of raids on the beef section at Tesco searching for a stolen horse.
I find it rather strange that the ignorant commoner can post comment on the negativity of the monitored trade when they
(a) don't know anything.
(2) are gullible to believe any old crud.
To believe that any member of the general public could be bothered to file a complaint with the police is un believable.
The fact is the complaint was made by a disgruntled ex~employee, who was the perpetrator of any illegalities taking place.
If the police put two and two together and came up with this farce we are in serious danger of dooom.
Easy target, victimization and lack of intelligence.
Enough said.
WHOOOSH!
WHOOOSH! Why so much negativity? Surely the logical resolution would be to pinpoint the investigative upheaval at the main supplier/s. I have yet to hear of any reports of raids on the beef section at Tesco searching for a stolen horse. I find it rather strange that the ignorant commoner can post comment on the negativity of the monitored trade when they (a) don't know anything. (2) are gullible to believe any old crud. To believe that any member of the general public could be bothered to file a complaint with the police is un believable. The fact is the complaint was made by a disgruntled ex~employee, who was the perpetrator of any illegalities taking place. If the police put two and two together and came up with this farce we are in serious danger of dooom. Easy target, victimization and lack of intelligence. Enough said. WHOOOSH! Captain Crazy

8:36pm Sun 22 Dec 13

r000006 says...

Taunton Joe wrote:
Taunton Guy: How uneducated are you? You must be joking, you would prefer heroin to be easier to get hold of than these chemicals... Just from that statement, any other point you make is invalid.

Slow Down: And that makes a difference how?
How uneducated are you? Pure heroin is as toxic as water.

These 'chemicals' are as safe as you drinking drain cleaner.
[quote][p][bold]Taunton Joe[/bold] wrote: Taunton Guy: How uneducated are you? You must be joking, you would prefer heroin to be easier to get hold of than these chemicals... Just from that statement, any other point you make is invalid. Slow Down: And that makes a difference how?[/p][/quote]How uneducated are you? Pure heroin is as toxic as water. These 'chemicals' are as safe as you drinking drain cleaner. r000006

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