Bartender Admits To Serving Coke With Alcohol

By Kelly Burch 10/25/17

The London-based bartender received a 28-month sentence after admitting the scheme to police.

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A London bartender was allegedly providing more than martinis and draft beers to patrons. Authorities say that she was selling cocaine and distributing it to patrons via the drinks menu at Dion Bar in London, where she was the assistant general manager. 

“The sale and supply of illegal drugs will not be tolerated anywhere within the City, including within pubs and bars, and the City of London Police will seek to prosecute anybody involved in this criminality,” said Detective Constable Brendan Kennedy from the City of London Police, according to The New York Post

According to police, Justyna Gorska, 34, would give patrons cocaine when they ordered certain drinks off the menu. She would bring them a drink menu, instruct them to leave their money inside, and return with cocaine. She allegedly began doing this in June and was not caught until August. She gave people cocaine at least six times. Gorska was recently sentenced to 28 months in prison after admitting the scheme to police.  

Kennedy said that the use of drugs will not be tolerated anywhere in London. 

“We know the vast majority of licensed premises within the Square Mile [a neighborhood in London] are owned and operated by fully law-abiding staff and management who have close relationships with our City of London Police licensing team,” he said.

“Gorska however clearly believed that the rules did not apply to her, and her sentence is proof that our dedicated Major Crime Team will identify any such offenders and we will use a range of tactics to stop them and bring them to justice.”

Despite law enforcement’s tough stance, cocaine use in London is fairly common. The Guardian reports that cocaine use is particularly prominent among London businesspeople, and that British people use the drug at more than double the rate of other Europeans. The bar where Gorska was selling cocaine is near the heart of London’s financial district. 

Here in the United States, deaths from cocaine use are on the rise for the first time in 10 years, partially due to an expansion of cocaine production from Colombia, according to The International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, released in March. 

“There are troubling early signs that cocaine use and availability is on the rise in the United States for the first time in nearly a decade,” the report said. “Coca cultivation in Colombia increased by 39% in 2014 and again by 42% in 2015 to 159,000 hectares, nearing record highs, and this surge in production may be having effects within the United States.”

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.