Thousands seized from legal highs shop owner

A police officer stands guard outside Evape-o-lution on Brothock Bridge during Operation Carinate earlier this year.
A police officer stands guard outside Evape-o-lution on Brothock Bridge during Operation Carinate earlier this year.

It has emerged this week that Police Scotland has been pursuing new avenues in the issue of tackling legal highs in Angus.

In June officers seized nearly £3,000 was seized from the owner of Evape-o-Lution on Brothock Bridge.

Envelopes filled with cash were discovered by officers serving Mr Liston Craig Pacitti (25) a fixed penalty notice for parking on the double yellow lines outside his Brothock Bridge premises.

The sale of New Psychoactive Substances is something of a legal grey area and is not technically illegal, although it has caused considerable public outcry with groups forming such as Arbroath Against Legal High Drugs.

A Crown Office spokesman said: “£2,686.91 has been forfeited from Liston Craig Pacitti under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

“The civil forfeiture was granted at Forfar Sheriff Court on 11 June 2014.”

Local Area Commander for Angus Chief Inspector Gordon Milne believes this to be an important development in how the legal highs issues is dealt with by Police Scotland.

He said: “The money involved in this case was seized by police officers in Angus as part of our on-going Operation Carinate and we are absolutely delighted with the outcome.

“Operation Carinate is our local response to the trafficking, distribution and consumption of New Psychoactive Substances, commonly referred to as legal highs.

“I remain convinced that the supply of these substances from shops in our towns and in ways which entice young and vulnerable people to experiment and consume these substances, is morally reprehensible and should be stopped.

“However, I also fully appreciate the complexities of introducing regulatory controls.

“Using statutory powers contained in the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 has been hugely successful in this instance and while demonstrating our innovation and ingenuity to tackle issues in different ways, also sets a very significant and positive precedent for more work to be undertaken in this regard.

“Successes like this only serve to encourage our efforts.”