South Yorkshire Police issue warning about deadly drug after batch of cocaine is mixed with CEMENT

South Yorkshire Police has issued a warning about a deadly drug after a batch of cocaine was found to have been mixed with cement powder.

Friday, 9th July 2021, 8:27 am

Police officers in Rotherham issued the warning after executing a search warrant and finding a batch of cocaine mixed with cement powder.

A £2,000 stash of the class A drug was seized from the property in Swinton.

In an urgent warning to drug users, South Yorkshire Police said: “Officers believe the illicit drugs may have been mixed with cement powder - which could be potentially deadly if someone were to inhale it.”

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A batch of cocaine found in South Yorkshire has been mixed with cement powder

Two men, aged in their 50s and 30s, were arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply after the drug raid. They have since been released under investigation as enquiries continue.

Neighbourhood Policing Team Inspector, Caroline Bakewell, said: “I'd like to be clear that no illegal drugs are ever safe - and the added risk is you never know what you have actually been sold or what the drugs are being cut with.

“Drug dealers will often put profit before the health of users, leading to potentially fatal consequences.

“I would urge the local community to be incredibly cautious, especially if someone you care about is a drug user. Please report the supply of class A drugs to officers so we can keep our communities safe and bring those responsible to justice.”

She added: “If you think you can help us identify those involved in the distribution of illegal drugs, it’s essential you come forward and tell us what you know.”

Call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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