Cocaine use on the up in Cork city

Cocaine use on the up in Cork city
Cutting Line of Cocaine

COCAINE use is on the rise due to the economic upturn, according to the head of the Cork City Drugs Squad.

Detective Inspector Declan O’Sullivan said they have noticed a steady increase of cocaine use in the city, in the last two-to-three years.

“There has been an increase in the amount of seizures in the city,” said Det Inspector O’Sullivan.

He said cocaine use was no longer confined to a certain sector of society and was now in use across the board. Psychoactive substances and synthetic drugs are also in high demand, although these are primarily in use by younger age groups. Gardaí have made a number of seizures of these types of drugs and have inspected premises that were suspected of selling them, but warn that a lot of it is being bought over the internet.

“We are working closely with customs, the lead agency for stuff coming into the country. It is responsible for stopping all illegal contraband coming into the country, whatever it is,” said Detective Inspector O’Sullivan.

As well as acknowledging the rise in cocaine use in Cork, he also said there is a constant battle to tackle drug taking in the city.

“We would be getting a lot of detections for all types of drugs, you know, your heroin, cannabis, ecstasy and the online substances, the psychoactive drugs.

“We have a huge variety of the different types of drugs that we seize.”

Inspector O’Sullivan said that alongside the drugs squad, which is a dedicated resource to tackle drugs in the city, uniformed gardaí are constantly working on the problem.

“There are a lot of great men and women working in uniform that are doing a lot of work in relation to drug-dealing. They are stopping people, they are visible, they are researching people, and they very frequently have very significant drug detections by stopping cars at checkpoints and stopping people on the street,” he said.

“There are risks involved in working with the drugs scene in Cork.

“There are dangers in relation to needles on the street and that is a general danger to the public, as well,” Inspector O’Sullivan said.

Twelve gardaí were pricked with drugs needles in Cork over a two-year period from 2015 to 2016, potentially exposing them to infections, such as HIV and Hepatitis B.

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