Cocaine on the rise during Christmas party season

Cocaine on the rise during Christmas party season

CORK’S top cop has warned about a spike in cocaine use during the festive party season.

A garda campaign has been launched across the city amid concerns that use of party drugs will increase at Christmas.

Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin said the penalty for sale or supply of cocaine can carry a jail sentence of up to 10 years.

“The side effects to your health are well known and the legal consequences are another thing to think about. The full rigours of the law will be enforced on those who are caught with the substance,” he said.

A Garda spokesperson said a number of operations will be carried out across the city, targeting cocaine use over the month of December and into the New Year.

“We have ongoing drug operations right across the city by the Divisional Drugs Unit,” the spokesperson added.

He said the rise in cocaine is directly related to a recovery in the economy. “We are conscious of it. There seems to definitely be a rise in the use of cocaine, but it seems to be going hand in hand with the recovery in the economy. There is more money in circulation and cocaine seems to be the recreational drug of choice for people with disposable incomes now.”

“Cocaine has been on the rise for a while and over Christmas time where you have more people out socialising and partying there certainly would be the case that there would be more in circulation, but we are carrying out operations relative to the use of cocaine, right across the city.”

With regards celebrating Christmas in the city, Chief Superintendent McPolin offered this advice to revellers. 

“Enjoy, but act responsibly and leave the car at home. Be conscious of the effects of alcohol and be careful the morning after. Remember, it takes roughly an hour to process a unit of alcohol and we will have Mandatory Intoxication Testing (MIT) checkpoints running over the weekend.”

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