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Aging clubber jailed for creating dance drug

PUBLISHED: 13:17 28 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:43 07 September 2010

Rhiannon Evans AN aging clubber from Muswell Hill has been jailed for four years for producing a cocktail of Class A narcotics – to create the ultimate dance drug. Freddie King, 49, now of Creighton Avenue, produced various drugs and was trying to make

Rhiannon Evans

AN aging clubber from Muswell Hill has been jailed for four years for producing a cocktail of Class A narcotics - to create the ultimate dance drug.

Freddie King, 49, now of Creighton Avenue, produced various drugs and was trying to make "maximum speed" - a mix of crystal meth and amphetamines - because he was unhappy with the poor quality of drugs being sold by other dealers and thought he could do better himself.

At Blackfriars Crown Court on Friday, Judge John Hillen jailed the second-hand car dealer for four years after he pleaded guilty to two charges of producing drugs and three charges of possession.

However, he said, he could find no evidence that King had become a dealer - despite being found with £14,000 of drugs - but instead concluded he used the drugs to pay for his "unusual sexual interests" and traded them with younger clubbers for sex.

The court heard how King revived his interest in chemistry, which he studied at A-level, following his divorce in 2005 and subsequent depression.

He began making legal bio-fuels before starting to manufacture drugs in a 'cannabis cafe' in Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park.

Once he mastered the manufacture of amphetamine, he moved on the crystal meth and PCP, as well as making a hybrid of speed and crystal meth for his own use.

When police raided the property on November 19, 2008, they found 35g of crystal meth.

Pleading guilty in August last year, King said: "I produced the drugs with the intention of self-medicating and out of intellectual curiosity.

"I was suffering from depression. I never sold or shared any drugs. I had no intention of supplying them or making any money."

Sentencing him, Judge Hillen said: "Given the effects of crystal meth and its highly addictive nature, I find the production of that drug particularly evil.

"I do not believe he was profiting from the sale of the drugs. There is no evidence of high living - financial investigations have not shown any assets.

"He may have though, secreted criminal gains beyond the reach of the authorities. I cannot be sure that these drugs were for criminal sale but I am satisfied that they were for distribution.

"King's eccentricity is apparent in his lifestyle and the way he presented his evidence before me.

"He says his social life centres around drinking to excess and parties and more importantly clubbing where he took ecstasy and LSD.

"He has a continuing interest in the clubbing scene and particularly for fetish clubs which was shown by the extreme, violent porn found on his computer.

"I have concluded the drugs were developed for his unusual sexual interest and to pay for these practices. As a 49-year-old, it would have given him the credibility and status that he so desired in that subculture. But I do not accept that he was motivated by intellectual curiosity."

He concluded: "Class A drugs are wicked substances. They cause misery, death and illness.

"Crystal meth in particular, is a highly addictive drug, which, although fortunately not widespread in the UK, causes great distress in America.

"If it creeps into this country, it will be a serious matter.


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