Sicily police seize first 4-Mec synthetic drug in Italy

Possible sale investigation taking place in Reggio Emilia

Sicily police seize first 4-Mec synthetic drug in Italy

Trapani, November 15 – Italian law enforcement officers seized the first haul of synthetic drugs ever to be identified in the nation by police as part of a drugs bust on the southern island of Sicily. The drug, named 4-Mec or Methylethcathie, is a stimulant and produces effects similar to cocaine or amphetamines. It was first discovered in Europe by law enforcement officers in a similar confiscation in London in 2010. The drug was identified after experts examined two packages sent this summer by DHL from Portugal to 60-year-old Giuseppe Simone, who was later arrested in September. Simone is a salesmen, originally from the Calatafimi – Segesta area. The investigation was overseen by Trapani Chief Prosecutor Marcello Viola. Whilst it is the first such haul to have been seized in Italy, police are currently investigating the possible sale of 4-Mec in the northern Italian Emilia-Romagna region.

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