No shortage of drugs in Kristianstad- traces found in five bars of six: 'It's hell'
It's payday. In bars and clubs in Kristianstad people have come together to dance, have a drink and sing karaoke.
Kb/NSk are out in the town to write an article on the local night life. In the course of the evening we manage to meet plenty of happy night-club guests when we drop in to six of Kristianstad's venues.
But we spend a lot of our time in the bars' toilets as well. For we're not only reporting on the town's night life, we're also looking for traces of cocaine.
To help us we have wet wipes made to identify tiny traces of cocaine on surfaces which have been in contact with the drug. The pink wipes, which smell of alcohol, can pick up traces as small as 0.04 milligrams, and turn blue on contact.
We start at Biljardkompaniet, which we visit at about ten pm. We choose a toilet each and go in.
Wearing plastic gloves we draw the wipes over all kinds of surfaces, toilet seats, wash-hand basins, toilet-paper holders, walls and shelves. But without result. We continue our round.
Our next visit is to Kongen, where we repeat the procedure. One of the wipes remains pink. But in the other toilet something happens when the wipe is drawn over a toilet-paper holder. Patches of neon blue show on the wipe. There are traces of cocaine.
And so the evening goes on. We go to Borgmästargården, Teaterbaren, Blom and Bånken. In each place we draw the wipes over different surfaces in toilets that are chosen at random.
At Borgmästargården one of the wipes shows a reaction for cocaine, this time on the wash-hand basin.
In the bars two of the wipes have shown a reaction so far. But when we get to the nightclubs, there are more and more.
In the Ladies' at Teaterbaren the wipe remains pink. But in the Gents' there is a blue reaction, admittedly slight, but nonetheless a reaction.
At Blom nightclub there is a reaction in both the women's and the men's toilets. The wipe used there in the men's toilet shows the strongest reaction of all the tests carried out that evening.
At Bånken too one of the wipes shows a reaction, from the men's toilet.
Conclusion: In six of the twelve toilets in bars we went to, traces of cocaine were found. The only place where nothing was found was at Biljardkompaniet, which we visited earliest.
So in five bars out of the six we visited on Saturday night there are traces of cocaine in the toilets.