Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

HIGH TO LOW for Drug Crooks ; SPECIAL REPORT: Former Accountant Crime Boss and Ex-Lover Known As'the Headmistress'are among Those Jailed over Multi-Million Pound Mail Order'legal High'business SPECIAL REPORT: Former Accountant Crime Boss and Ex-Lover Known As'the Headmistress'are among Those Jailed over Multi-Million Pound Mail Order'legal High'business

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

HIGH TO LOW for Drug Crooks ; SPECIAL REPORT: Former Accountant Crime Boss and Ex-Lover Known As'the Headmistress'are among Those Jailed over Multi-Million Pound Mail Order'legal High'business SPECIAL REPORT: Former Accountant Crime Boss and Ex-Lover Known As'the Headmistress'are among Those Jailed over Multi-Million Pound Mail Order'legal High'business

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LEADERS of a Breaking Bad-style drugs gang were behind bars today after the largest-ever UK police investigation into the mail order trade of 'legal highs.' .

The gang, which operated from a huge drugs factory at an old mill warehouse, sold drugs worth more than Pounds 3m through a website called Wide Mouth Frogs.

The site had 18,500 registered customers and police said there were more than 90,000 sales of products across the world.

Drugs bought from the site have been linked to at least one death, and dozens more people were taken ill after taking products they bought online. Crack police unit Titan, the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit, were alerted in 2012 after a flood of drugs and illnesses were reported on Jersey in the Channel Islands.

It emerged after customs officers intercepted packages that drugs were being ordered through the website and imported via the postal system. The site offered up to 35 different drugs for sale, claiming they were legal products offering a range of 'enhanced stimulants.' .

Police bought packages for chemical testing - and discovered that 77 per cent contained illegal class B drugs, in the same group as amphetamine and cannabis.

Deliveries were traced back to Drake Mill on Bloomfield Road in Farnworth, Bolton - known as 'Area 51' by employees after the US Air base at the centre of UFO theories.

Police raided the site and found 'kilos and kilos' of drugs. Tablets and powders were found to contain banned substances including the class B stimulant Mephedrone, also known as 'Meow Meow.' .

The 'Amazon-style' drugs delivery service was masterminded by former accountant Paula White, 46, and her ex-lover Netta Hymanson, 64.

White was jailed for nine years at Bolton Crown Court after admitting conspiracy to supply Class B drugs. She pleaded guilty on the basis that the business started legitimately but criminality began in January 2011.

Hymanson, 63, of Circular Road, Prestwich - White's lieutenant and former civil partner - was handed a four-year sentence after she was found guilty of the same charge. …

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