Ladies' man turned his seaside flat into a warehouse where police found 10,000 bottles of Liquid Love party drug made from 'meow meow' and vodka
Ben Brown, 21, mixed vodka with party drug mephedrone and sold it in bottles labelled 'Liquid Love'
Lived a party lifestyle selling it to Blackpool clubbers
Locked up after police raided his luxury flat in Lytham St Annes
18:54 GMT, 30 November 2012
Lavish: Drug dealer Ben Brown, 21, sold thousands of bottles of his DIY drug 'liquid Love' to revellers on the Blackpool club scene to fund his lavish lifestyle
A party-loving bodybuilder has been jailed after selling thousands of bottles of a party drug labelled 'Liquid Love' to clubbers to fund his lavish lifestyle.
Ben Brown, 21, turned his luxury flat in Lytham St Annes into a drugs den where he mixed class B drug mephedrone with water, blue colouring and vodka to sell in 10 millilitre bottles.
A fixture on the Blackpool club scene, the amateur boxer would then target stag and hen parties falsely claiming it was 'Ten Ten Liquid Love' – a lethal combination of the drugs ecstasy and GHB sold in Holland.
A landau driver by day, Brown
would take holidaymakers up and down Blackpool sea front in his horse
But by night he was a drug dealer selling mini bottles of his DIY drug to clubbers in the Lancashire seaside resort.
On his Facebook profile Brown proudly boasted of living for the weekends and going to the gym and on sunbeds.
He posted endless snaps of himself posing shirtless next to women in night clubs.
Others showed him on a day at the races and standing in front of 170,000 Bentley Turbo car.
Lancashire Police said Brown had been 'living a good lifestyle ' before they swooped on his plush two-bedroom flat.
Officers found designer clothing plus several
cardboard boxes containing 10,000 of his mini bottles.
Up to 1,100 of them were made up with
the drug, labelled and ready to hit the resort’s streets. A further
9,000 empty bottles were also found ready to be filled and sold.
Stash: Police found 10,000 bottles ready to be filled with Ben Brown's lethal mix of mephedrone vodka, water and blue colouring at his luxury flat in Lytham St Annes
Busted: Ben Brown, 21, was a fixture on the Blackpool clubbing scene selling his DIY drug 'Liquid Love' before police raided his flat and smashed his operation
There was also a large decanting container
with a tap on the end in one of the bedrooms and bottles of the mix in
the tamper proof sealed bottles were tested they were found to contain
the drug mephedrone – more commonly known as 'bubble' – and vodka.
pleaded guilty to possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply and
was jailed for three years at Preston Crown Court in Lancashire.
Detective Chris Gallagher of Blackpool CID said: 'You couldn’t hide what was there when we executed the warrant.
Party lifestyle: Aspiring ladies' man Ben Brown, 21, poses with a series of young women on his Facebook profile. He was selling revellers bottles of a DIY drug called 'Liquid Love'
Crude: Police found 10,000 mini bottles and labels for 'Ten Ten Liquid Love' when they raided Ben Brown's flat in Lytham St Annes. Right, he poses with a friend for a day at the races
Ladies man: Ben Brown, who was selling thousands of bottles of his DIY drug for up to 20 a time, poses in front of a Bentley sports car
'This is the first case of its kind that we have come across in Lancashire and so it is hard to put a value on the drugs that Brown was selling, but we estimate he was making between 5 – 20 a bottle.'
He added that the drug was a 'dangerous mix' for users.
DC Gallagher added: 'It was a crude preparation of the drug and a user wouldn’t know what was in it.
Deadly: Police found the class B drug mephedrone and decantering equipment when they raided Ben Brown's luxury two-bed flat in Lytham St Annes last year
'It was not being prepared in controlled conditions. Luckily we seized the best part of it before he had chance to profit.
'Brown had made his own crude mix of ‘liquid love’ and although a user can never be sure exactly what they are taking, they were being misled into thinking they were buying one thing but in fact were being given something entirely different.
'This is incredibly dangerous and the risks to people’s safety that were created by Brown and his business are reflected in the severity of the sentence he has been given.'