Dealers ditch heroin for new deadly drug

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CRIMINAL gangs are exploiting French GPs to flood Jersey with a potentially deadly drug which has become more popular than heroin.

Today, in the fourth day of a series examining Jersey's drugs scene, the JEP can reveal that 2012 saw an explosion in the number of dealers attempting to import the highly valuable Subutex – a drug so profitable that some dealers have ditched pedalling class A substances.

Just one tablet – which is prescribed in large quantities by French GPs – can fetch up to £80 in Jersey compared to just £5 in the UK.

And with the drug currently only ranked at class C, many dealers view Subutex – a high-strength painkiller which is more commonly used to treat heroin addiction – as a low-risk, high-profit alternative to importing the class A drug.

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