Eight charged and Aston Martin seized after 'Meow Meow' raids in Manchester
Company director Paula White was one of 12 people investigated over the sale of £3.8 million of drugs through www.wide-mouth-frogs.com
Friday 17 May 2013
A businesswoman has been charged with drug dealing after the biggest ever police raids on suppliers of party drug 'Meow Meow'.
Former accountant and company director Paula White, 44, was held at her £800,000 home in Salford as officers swooped on addresses across Greater Manchester.
A silver Aston Martin was also seized by officers at the property in Stafford Road, Monton.
According to Salford City Council's website, plans to build a swimming pool, gym and sun room at her home were approved in October.
White is listed in online company records as an accountant or director of a number of companies, including Chester City football club and Widnes rugby league club, with a number of the other firms listed as dissolved.
She has been charged with conspiracy to supply class A, B and C drugs and two counts of money laundering and will appear in court later today.
White was one of 12 people investigated over the sale of £3.8 million of drugs through a website run from an industrial unit in Bolton.
Police say the raids came after an probe into the website - www.wide-mouth-frogs.com - which offered the drugs for sale.
Meow Meow or M-kat is the common name for mephedrone, which until 2010 was legal to buy but not to consume as a drug.
It was made an offence to supply or to be in possession of mephedrone after use of the drug became increasingly widespread amongst clubbers.
Mephedrone has been linked to a number of deaths and it appears to be used as an ingredient for "legal highs" still on sale.
Seven other people have been charged with conspiracy to supply class A, B and C drugs following the raids.
They are: Netta Hymanson, 62, of Circular Road, Prestwich; Aaron White, 20, of Croft Street, Salford; Christian White, 37, also of Croft Street; Ian Mercer, 45, of Birch Road, Walkden; Michaela Doyle, 42, of Tenbury Close, Salford; Sheena Jessop, 45, of Barwood Lea Mill, Grants Lane, Ramsbottom; and Rudi Chiu, 24, of Masson Place, Hornbeam Way, Manchester.
Hymanson is also charged with two counts of money laundering.
They have all been bailed.
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