Cocaine that is 100% pure has been discovered on the streets of Britain, prompting police to warn that it could 'kill' anyone who takes it.
Although most of the country's cocaine is consumed in London, the batch was found in Eastbourne, a town 19 miles east of Brighton, leading to a number of overdoses.
Street cocaine is typically no more than 25% pure after being cut with glucose or other adulterants.
Detective Inspector Neil Ralph told the Eastbourne Herald, 'Taking drugs in any form is dangerous, particularly when the user does not know the purity of the drug.
"We investigate all drug overdoses and drug-related deaths and look to identify who has supplied the drugs and seek a prosecution."
Last year the UK was described as a 'hotspot' for cocaine – a report found 4.2% of young adults aged 15-34 had used it in the past 12 months compared to 1.9% in the rest of Europe, where it is nevertheless the commonly used illicit stimulant.