Wotton-under-Edge man challenges legality of drug charge

A WOTTON-under-Edge man and a woman from Nailsworth are challenging whether the amphetamine drug they are accused of intending to supply is illegal.

Shannon Wilkins, 24, of Bearland, Wotton, and Amie Jones, 20, of Middle Tynings, Nailsworth, are charged with possession of a cathinone derivative with intent.

Cathinones are drugs related to mephedrone and Ecstasy.

But Joe Maloney, defending, told Gloucester Crown Court that he had checked the legal statutes of illegal class B drugs and could not find any reference to the cathinone derivative in the case.

"The statute simply does not say that this substance is included in the Act," he said.

"I accept that many of these derivatives have been prohibited but in the statutory instrument and the schedule these substances are not there.

"It is an issue which needs to be clarified."

Judge William Hart agreed to adjourn the case until January 17 to give the prosecution time to check.

Bailing the defendants until then, he said: "There are some matters which need to be looked into in more detail."

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