A man from Sutton has been sentenced to three years in prison for producing and selling substantially large amounts of psychoactive substances.
John Henderson, 39, of East Street, who is widely known as 'Jonny mamba' was arrested in October 2016 after officers acting on intelligence carried out a search warrant at his house.
Once inside, they found around 44kg of un-prepped vegetable matter along with the acetone and synthetic cannabinoid powders used to prepare it. This was in addition to the 12kg already prepared as the synthetic drug commonly known as 'mamba'. Also within the address was a substantial amount of cash, scales and around 1,000 labelled drugs bags.
Henderson was arrested and charged with intentionally producing a psychoactive substance, supplying a psychoactive substance and possession of a psychoactive substance with intent to supply.
He pleaded not guilty to the offences but was found guilty and sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday (3 August 2018) following a five-day trial.
Despite having a business card with the name 'Jonny mamba' on it, he tried to argue that he didn't know they were selling psychoactive substances since it became illegal in May 2016, but this was thrown out by the courts.
Remona Sage, 27, of Shakespeare Avenue in Mansfield Woodhouse, who was also arrested during the search warrant and subsequently charged was acquitted following the trial.
Officer in the case Dale Smith said: "We had been gathering intelligence and evidence on Henderson for some time and we're pleased that probably one of the biggest suppliers of mamba in Nottinghamshire has now been taken off the street and is serving a custodial sentence. The issues caused by people taking psychoactive substances, commonly known and referred to as mamba, is becoming more apparent, and we're working hard with our partners to combat it so it doesn't start to seriously infringe on people's lives and our communities. We continue to target the production and use of psychoactive substances and we hope this sends the message out to anyone involved in it that we will catch up with them and they will be held to account by the courts."