Cocaine availability is at an “unprecedented level” in Europe with record seizures of the drug being recorded.
The ongoing surge in cocaine supply has now been compounded by a sharp increase in the amount of heroin seized – sparking warnings from the EU drugs agency at the possible health implications.
The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) also reports a continuing rise in the purity and potency of the main drugs – cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and cannabis.
The findings from the EMCDDA annual report comes as Ireland has recorded massive drug hauls this year, including 62kgs of cocaine and 93kgs of cannabis herb at the end of June and 35kgs of cocaine and 62kgs of cannabis herb in April.
Just last August, gardaí seized 22kgs of heroin, while Cork had its biggest ever haul of heroin in July, when 3kgs were seized.
Source: Cormac O'Keeffe, The Irish Examiner, 22/09/20