Cash­ing in on co­caine

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LON­DON: It will make you won­der what the ban­knotes in your wal­let were pre­vi­ously used for.

For more than one in ev­ery 10 in cir­cu­la­tion is tainted with co­caine pow­der, re­search sug­gests.

Wor­ry­ingly, drugs po­lice say co­caine taken to­gether with al­co­hol is fu­elling vi­o­lence on Bri­tain’s streets.

Yes­ter­day, a po­lice ex­pert warned that Labour’s ex­tended 24hour drink­ing laws had sparked a rise in co­caine use – as it is of­ten taken by drinkers who want to stay out all night.

Po­lice rou­tinely test ban­knotes – which are of­ten rolled up by users to “snort coke” – seized dur­ing raids. Up to 70 per­cent taken from drug deal­ers have co­caine traces.

But the pro­gramme has also tested 5 000 or­di­nary notes and found star­tling rises in pos­i­tive co­caine tests in re­cent years. – Daily Mail

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