Case dismissed against Burnley defendant in benzocaine trial

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THE case against one of the Burnley defendants in the benzocaine drug trial has been dismissed.

The Crown offered no further evidence against Scott Grindley (24) of Hollingreave Road who had denied assisting in the supply of Class A drugs related to the importation of benzocaine from China.

A Preston Crown Court jury has been hearing that several people were involved in an elaborate plan to import large quantities of benzocaine – which is used to cut cocaine – into Burnley from China before being ferried to Derbyshire, Middleton and Milton Keynes from October, 2010, to June, 2011.

Benzocaine, a local anaesthetic often used by vets and dentists, is also illegally used in its powder form as a cutting agent by drug dealers to dilute cocaine, thus increasing profits.

See Tuesday’s Express for more on the trial.