Average cocaine purity in Czech Republic down to 20 percent last year

02-02-2010

The quality of cocaine sold in the Czech Republic has fallen considerably in the last couple of years, according to experts in the field. Jakub Frydrych of the police’s anti-drug centre told reporters that the drug was diluted both in its countries of origin and by dealers in the Czech Republic. Viktor Mravčík of the government’s drug monitoring agency said whereas cocaine seized two years ago was on average 60 percent pure, last year it was only 20 percent pure. Mr Mravčík said dealers often cut cocaine with Levamisole, a substance used to de-worm animals, or Lidocaine, which is found in local anaesthetics.