THE rise of near 100% pure cocaine has prompted a police warning – and the reason why it has become so strong has been revealed.
The price is also extremely high – it is around £80 a gram for purity in excess of 70% according to Drugwise.
But Harry Shapiro of drugs charity Drugwise says this is probably not the case.
He told the Metro: “To find levels like what we’re seeing, it’s hardly being cut at all.”
Shapiro added: “One reason might be that there’s been a big crackdown on the people who supply the chemicals used to cut drugs.
“So it’s a bit harder to get hold of the actual powders you’d use to cut cocaine – and it’s probably more of a risk.”
Shapiro also believes cocaine-growing areas are producing too much of the drug.
“The FARC rebels who control a lot of the cocaine might be growing frantically – as they know they are not going to be able to grow so much once the peace treaty kicks in.”