Killer “cannibal zombie drug” flakka is being shipped secretly into the UK after being sold to Brits online.
A Sunday Mirror investigation found sellers on Instagram bragging about how easy it is to send the illegal Class B narcotic here without detection.
Flakka earned its zombie nickname after users in other countries mutilated themselves and carried out cannibalistic attacks.
But experts warn the psycho stimulant, which is understood to have killed hundreds in the US, is flooding our shores.
An inquest heard this week how Andrea Horvathova, 23, became the first known Brit to die after using the so-called “designer drug”.
A coroner ruled she took flakka and other narcotics at a party in Plymouth in March, 2018 which led to a fatal heart attack.
But the tragedy did not deter the online dealers. One Instagram seller in the US, who uses the name Kendrick_Psy and the hashtags #psychadelic and #flakkadrug, told our undercover reporter: “We only ship to the UK.”
He also sent her his price list and even offered a discount for a bulk order of more than 100g of the the deadly drug.
Another US seller, Eyang Store, assured us: “We do discreet packaging in such a way that even the customs’ metal scan can’t detect what is in the package.”
Flakka, also called gravel or alpha-PVP, costs as little as £2.50 a hit, looks like bath salts and can be eaten, snorted, injected or vaped.
Users are said to experience euphoria and a heightened sense of energy. But side-effects include paranoia and hallucinations.
Nuno Albuquerque, of addiction treatment provider UKAT told us: “Flakka is a relatively new ‘party drug’ which creates bizarre and uncontrollable behaviour. Anyone using it is risking their life.”
Flakka is linked to two horrific incidents. American Rudy Eugene, 31, was said to have been high on it when he chewed off part of a homeless man’s face.
And a Brazilian student is believed to have taken the drug before he gouged out own his eyes.
In 2018 there were 950 reported cases of people using it here.
But that number is expected to soar when latest figures are released.
Drug expert Abbas Kanani warned: “Flakka appears to be gaining in popularity in the UK due to its low price. It is extremely worrying.”
Scores of other online sellers were willing to ship flakka to Britain, including US-based Meds Engages and China-based Alpha PVP For Sale, who told us: “UK is one of the popular directions.”
When we challenged the sellers, a rep for Alpha PVP For Sale denied it sold the product. Kendrik_Psy declined to comment.
Tonight the government said social media sites must do more to deter online dealers, adding: “We expect companies to go further and faster in reducing the risks their platforms pose.”
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