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London hit by coke epidemic

What do celebrities and cocaine have in common? A leggy supermodel in UK, any number of rising and falling stars in Hollywood, and a certain Khan and his gang in Bollywood.

india Updated: Jan 09, 2006 16:32 IST

What do celebrities and cocaine have in common? A leggy supermodel in UK, any number of rising and falling stars in Hollywood, and a certain Khan and his gang in Bollywood. But the heat is on the UK celebs now. All because of supermodel Kate Moss, who was stupid enough — or too stoned — to get caught.

Her pusher was even more stupid. He has been identified apparently. And the police are saying Moss was just one of his many celeb clients. Most of whom are leading stars of television, fashion and music.

A senior police officer said some celebrities “have openly admitted to cocaine use and think they are above the law. This is not the case”. The police are not saying that London, where nearly 250,000 people use the drug, and some other major cities are “in thrall of a cocaine epidemic”. Sir Ian Blair, the Met chief, has ordered a crackdown on drug use in the middle and upper classes.

Senior Scotland Yard officers said they were close to arresting the dealer after a four-month intelligence-gathering operation, which included searches of a recording studio and an analysis of the digital recording of Moss.

The supermodel has been away from Britain since September when a tabloid published pictures of her apparently snorting the drug in a west London recording studio. Now, her friends have said, she is planning to return.

Police sources said she would be arrested when she returned here and interviewed at a police station. But she would escape with a caution if she admits to coke use. The US, where she has been for the past few months, would be another matter.