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Drug Seizure and Offender Statistics, United Kingdom, 2000

NCJ Number
John M. Corkery
Date Published
May 2002
83 pages
In order to provide some measure of the progress of the British Government's Drugs Strategy, this report presents data and information on drug seizures and drug offenders for 2000.
The number of drug seizures within the United Kingdom that involved Class A drugs increased by 10.3 percent in 2000, compared with the target of 10 percent. Drugs with a street value of 789 million pounds were seized by law enforcement agencies in 2000. The number of drug seizures declined in 2000 by 7 percent to 124,350, compared to a 12-percent decrease in the previous year. The number of seizures that involved heroin and crack increased by 5 percent and 8 percent, respectively, and the number of seizures that involved ecstasy-type drugs increased by 46 percent. Seizures of amphetamines fell by 47 percent, and those of cannabis declined by 7 percent. Still, cannabis constituted 73 percent of all seizures. The number of drug offenders decreased by 14 percent to 104,400 in 2000. There was no clear pattern in the number of persons convicted for offenses that involved Class A drugs. Although the number of ecstasy-type drugs and crack offenders increased by 40 percent and 7 percent, respectively, to record levels, cocaine offenders increased by only 2 percent, and the number of heroin offenders declined by 5 percent. The number of persons convicted for Class B drug offenses declined, with a 15-percent decrease for cannabis and a 46-percent decrease for amphetamines. 16 figures and 23 tables