Look at the two pictures printed below and let's play, 'spot the difference'?
Regular readers of this blog will instantly recognize the well known, and proven fraud the ADE651.
Yes, you read that correctly, the picture above shows a Merseyside Police Officer with their latest tool to combat cocaine within the city, read the press release below from the, Liverpool Echo dated the, 6th March 2013:
"Ground-breaking £40 cocaine torch rolled out to find drug-taking clubbers in Liverpool"
A REVOLUTIONARY £40 torch that sniffs out cocaine-fuelled clubbers is being rolled out at city nightspots as part of a huge drugs crackdown.
The scheme will target drug abusers who try to get into Liverpool’s busiest bars and clubs.
The ultra-violet torch, which makes tiny particles of cocaine appear bright green, will be shone in clubbers’ faces by door staff. The devices make it easy to spot the faintest traces – even remnants of powder on nasal hairs.
Police last weekend issued torches to city centre bars free of charge in a bid to combat the scourge of cocaine use.
Street prices have plummeted in Liverpool in recent years, with a gram of the Class-A drug obtainable for as little as £30.
City centre-based Inspector Mark Lawes told the ECHO: “The torches will be used by door staff as a condition of entry and will show if someone has cocaine present on their skin.
“If the torch shows that cocaine is present, staff will turn them away.
“The city’s licensees have already got on board with this latest initiative, and in the first weekend alone 40 bars used the torch.
“Research has shown that we see increased violence when people use cocaine and alcohol, and early indications show violence reduced over the first weekend of the campaign.”
The devices, purchased through funding from Liverpool primary care trusts, have been greeted with enthusiasm by bar owners in Concert Square, an area of the city centre particularly afflicted by cocaine.
Jonathan Boucher, who owns popular boutique club Allure and sits on a committee of Concert Square bars and clubs, said: “I think it is a great thing.
“There’s no denying that the city has got a problem with cocaine, especially in Concert Square.
“You can see the aggression from people who are on cocaine, there is a lack of respect to the authorities, not just police but door staff as well.
“Cocaine turns clubbers into Jekyll and Hyde characters.
“On the evening they want to kill everyone, the next day they can’t be more apologetic.
“It is not nice for staff. These torches will be a great deterrent.”
Police hope the torches will eventually be taken up by all bars and clubs in the Ropewalks, Gay Quarter and Albert Dock areas.
Officers have been visiting bar owners to show them how to use the device.
Inspector Lawes said: “We are committed to maximising the use of new technology and this is just one tactic used to address issues of drug and alcohol related violence.
“Officers will continue to use cocaine spot-checks in the city alongside passive drug dogs and mobile policing units out to catch the minority intent on using drugs.
“By joining forces with licensees and partners, we aim to keep our bars, pubs and clubs safe.”
This is all well and good, but isn't there just a hint of the ADE651 believers talk in this story, and what about the boundless enthusiasm by the Police?
The other problem to put a dent in all of this, and it's a big problem, like the ADE651 the cocaine torch, DOES NOT WORK. Many of the comments that I have read about the ADE651 scam was, "why didn't they test them"? Perhaps Merseyside Police should have done the same, see below:
Headline and report from the, BBC Newsbeat Team:
"Drug torches for bouncers 'don't spot cocaine'"
Merseyside Police have purchased dozens of the devices and given them to bars and clubs in Liverpool city centre.
They are encouraging door staff to shine the lights on customers' faces to detect traces of cocaine.
The force says the torches are just one tactic being used to address drug-related violence.
Newsbeat first reported on similar torches in 2009, when they were being used by other police forces.
Home Office scientists later produced a report which said they shouldn't be used as a basis for arrest, but may act as a useful deterrent.
Newsbeat joined officers on a Friday evening in Liverpool.
Inspector Ian Humphreys, responsible for policing the city centre, said the torches had been well received.
"Licensees and door staff have picked them up and run with them," he said.
"Some are using them as a condition of entry which is a good thing."
(For the video showing this test go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/22891975)
Newsbeat took a torch to toxicologist John Ramsey at St George's University in London.
His company TICTAC Communications produces a drugs database, which is used by police forces.
In a dark room, John shone the torch on five cocaine samples:
- Three from drug amnesty bins
- One seized by the UK Border Agency
- One of 100% pure cocaine hydrochloride
None of the samples "fluoresced" under the torch.
John Ramsey said: "There is really no point trying to use UV torches to detect cocaine use - they just don't work."
Liverpool North Superintendent Mark Wiggins said: "Any tool that makes people think twice about using cocaine in a busy city centre, and therefore reducing violence, has got to be an additional benefit to what is already a robust policing plan. (The old placebo defence to what turns out to be a crock of shit)
"The use of the torches also underlies the force's commitment to work in partnership with responsible bar and club owners and fully licensed door staff, in order to maintain the safety of the public and to ensure Liverpool is one of the safest cities in the country." (How can something that has been proven not to work help maintain the safety of the public?)
The ultra-violet torches are sold by British several companies for a variety of reasons.
One of them, JNE Marketing, describes it as the "cocaine torch" on its website.
Nick Hughes from JNE said: "We have always sold our UV torch as a multifunction torch as it has numerous uses such as identifying Smartwater, counterfeit currency, UV markings, security features on credit cards, forensic evidence and drug detection (Holy shit Batman this has undertones of the ADE651)."
Can we expect the early arrest of, Nick Hughes from JNE for Fraud by Misrepresentation, or will Merseyside Police embarrassment at having been scammed prevent him having to stand trial? I big sorry to all the people that said to me, "AT LEAST IT COULD NEVER HAPPEN HERE"!