Cocaine is now being used by all sectors of society returning to boom-time levels in Cork

Cocaine is now being used by all sectors of society returning to boom-time levels in Cork

Cork Gardaí: "Our biggest problem at the moment is cocaine and we are back to boom times with it."

COCAINE is as prevalent on Cork's streets now as it was during boom times, according to gardaí.

And officers say the Class A drug, once seen as a drug used only by recreational drug users, is now being used by all sectors of society.

A garda spokesman said: "Our biggest problem at the moment is cocaine and we are back to boom times with it."

He said it is readily available on the streets as well as on the party scene.

During the week of October 4 to 11, there were nine drug dealing detections in Cork city division. Six were for cannabis, while three were related to cocaine.

None were related to heroin.

The use of cocaine powder in Cork has been increasing in recent years following the end of the recession.

In recent months, gardaí from the Cork North roads policing unit highlighted that cannabis and cocaine are the most common drugs detected in cases of drug driving.

This was echoed earlier this month by research conducted by the Road Safety Authority, the Health Research Board and Medical Bureau of Road Safety (MBRS). Research of drivers who tested positive for drugs in roadside testing for intoxicants revealed that 37% of drivers tested for drugs at a roadside drug test between April 2017 and July 2019 tested positive for cocaine.

In June, two men were arrested in Cork city in connection with an incident in which cocaine was used on board a train from Dublin.

And in recent weeks, there have been a number of cocaine seizures in Cork including an estimated €11,000 of the drug during a planned search of a house in The Glen on October 10.

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