Page last updated at 13:46 GMT, Saturday, 13 June 2009 14:46 UK

Torches highlight cocaine users

Cocaine torch
The torches show up even small traces of cocaine as bright green

Ultra-violet light is being used by Cumbria Police as the latest weapon in the battle against illegal drugs use.

Police have distributed ten "cocaine torches" to neighbourhood policing teams and drug squads in the west of the county.

Shone on noses and mouths, they show minute traces of cocaine which might be invisible to the naked eye.

Anyone suspected of using the drug will be searched by officers and prosecuted if necessary.

Supt Andy Towler, said: "The equipment looks just like a normal LED torch, but if it is pointed at a person's nose and mouth area it shows up bright green if they have been using cocaine.

"It is even easy to see the minute cocaine crystals secreted within the nasal hair.

"Small traces of cocaine are also left on the cheeks and chin that are not visible to the naked eye and these show up bright green too under the torchlight."

He added: "Not only will it make it easier for police to identify possible offenders, but it will also act as a significant deterrent to those intent on using the drug, especially in our pubs and clubs."



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Dog to detect drugs in nightclubs
28 Dec 07 |  Cumbria

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2013 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific