Biker gave off strong smell of miaow, court told
8:02pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in Ammanford news
A 24-year-old Ammanford motorcyclist was searched by police because he was giving off a strong smell of mephedrone, magistrates have been told.
Luke Rees, of 10 Tirydial Lane, was passed by officers on mobile patrol at 7.15pm on July 27 who instantly recognised the strong odour of the Class B drug.
Gerald Neave, prosecuting, told Llanelli magistrates how Rees had been standing next to his parked Kawasaki bike on Norman Road.
“He was searched because there was a strong smell of mephedrone coming from him,” Mr Neave told the court.
When confronted, Rees produced a small bag of “white power crystals” from his pocket.
The bag contained 0.48 grammes of mephedrone, known to uses as miaow miaow, partly because of the strong smell – similar to cat urine – that regular users are said to emit.
When interviewed, Rees told officers he planned to “put it up his nose”.
Asked why he took the drug, Rees replied: “Because alcohol makes me a horrible person and I believe it (mephedrone) is better in that sense.”
Peter Rhys-Jones, defending, told the court that Rees had now turned his back on drugs.
“He tells me he is done taking these things,” said Mr Rhys-Jones.
“He has learned his lesson and has no intention of dabbling with these things again.
“He needs to realise that the big difference between alcohol and mephedrone is that one of them is legal and the other is not.”
Rees admitted possession of a Class B drug.
Magistrates granted him a 12-month conditional discharge, but ordered he pay £85 court costs and a £15 legal surcharge.