Cashing in on cocaine
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