POLICE have warned about the devastating effects caused by taking ketamine after a drugs raid near Penzance uncovered a stash big enough to knock out over 3,000 men.
Alister Semmens, 34, and Jay Daniel, 28, appeared at Truro Crown Court on Friday to be sentenced for a series of drug offences.
Ramsay Quaife, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said officers raided a property in Newbridge on November 30 last year where they found nearly half a kilogram of the Class C drug ketamine worth £14,500 and 43.1g of cocaine, which is a Class A drug, worth just over £2,000.
Semmens, of Heatherbell Gardens, Carbis Bay, subsequently admitted to possessing the drugs with intent to supply them to another while Daniel, of no formal abode, pleaded guilty to offering to supply ketamine and a further charge of offering to supply amphetamine, which is a Class B drug.
Mr Quaife said: “Mr Semmens effectively recruited Mr Daniel. Mr Daniel was without accommodation and he simply was no more than a runner in relation to those two occasions.”
Robin Smith, defending, said Semmens regretted his involvement in drugs and had changed his life since being charged.
He said: “It will not be repeated in any way. He has put all that kind of nefarious activity well behind him.”
Paul Gallagher, defending Daniel said his client was a hard worker who was employed at a fencing company.
Daniel was handed a two-year suspended sentence while Semmens was jailed for a total of two years and eight months.
Officer in the case, DC Dave Stamp described ketamine as a dangerous drug and warned against its use.
He said: “It is actually a horse tranquilliser and it is being more and more regularly used as a recreational drug particularly in Cornwall but has massively adverse effects on the human body.
“After just a short usage of a couple of months it can destroy the bladder.
“In this case Semmens had enough ketamine in his possession to anesthetise 3,204 average weight males which could have had quite a devastating effect on people in west Cornwall. Because of its appearance it can be so easily mistaken for other Class A drugs and we are trying to clamp down on its use.”