EAGLE COUNTY - The Eagle County Drug Task Force is seeing a countywide increase in cocaine use, as well as indicators that dangerous methamphetamine labs are making their way towards the valley, said Lt. Mike McWilliam, a detective with the Eagle County Sheriff's department.
McWilliam said that the biggest drug problem Eagle County is facing right now is rising use of cocaine, which comes in two forms: A white crystalline powder that can be snorted through the nose, dissolved in water, or injected; and crack, an off-white chunky material that is usually smoked.
The cost of cocaine per ounce has decreased from $1,200 to $700, McWilliam said.
"Cocaine is getting cheaper everyday. That tells me there is more of it and it is easier to get a hold of," says McWilliam.