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UK Seizures of Cocaine is Up Even with Drug Raids Down, Police Say

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    View attachment 52998 Cocaine seized by police and the Border Force has surged to the highest level in more than a decade, according to new figures. Yet the overall amount of drugs confiscated by police fell by 11%, the fourth consecutive drop.

    Authorities removed 9,321lb (4,228kg) of the class A drug in England and Wales in 2015/16. The Home Office said the fall in overall drugs seizures came at the same time as a fall in recorded offences. Border Force officials recorded a 31% rise in the quantity of cocaine seized.

    'Large Quantities'

    In a report accompanying the figures the Home Office said: "Although Border Force accounted for just 4% of seizures in 2015-16, the proportion they seized in terms of quantity was much higher.

    "This is due to the fact that the agency is often involved in high profile operations where large quantities of drugs are seized, for example at airports or ferry ports."


    There was also a sharp increase in the amount of cannabis recovered, doubling from 33,300lb (15,105kg) to 67,226lb (30,493kg) - the highest level since 2008/09.

    But overall, the number of drug seizures fell to 148,553 in 2015-16. This came along with a 13% fall in the number of recorded drugs offences, 147,540 in the same year.

    There were wide differences between police forces, with Norfolk recording a 40% fall in drugs seizures.

    A Home Office spokesman said: "We have seen a reduction in drug misuse among adults and young people compared with a decade ago and we are working with other government departments and key partners to develop a new drug strategy which will be published in the coming months."

    BBC/Nov. 3, 2016
    Graphs: BBC
    Newhawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. Rafayte
  2. JonnyBGoode
    These figures are primarily fairly obsolete as the number of Police has been cut steadily over the last few years, less Police means less arrests, less money spent on combatting drug dealing and using, less raids etc. That the overall seized amount has gone up is probably good evidence that drug consumption maybe increasing if anything, it's just less arrests in the process due to the Police having to be more focused on community problems and petty crime and terrorism for example.
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