Drug drink lands shaman in prison

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The Independent Online

A British shaman and self-proclaimed voodoo priest from Devon has been jailed for 15 months for using a sacred drink containing a Class A drug at a healing ceremony.

Peter Aziz, 51, made two brews of ayahuasca with the leaf of the chakruna plant, which contains the banned drug N-dimethyltryptamine or DMT. The brews were given to 17 people during a week-long religious retreat at a disused hotel in Weston-super- Mare, Somerset.