“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.