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Drugs and Alcohol - Drugs Seizures

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Drug Seizures and Offender Characteristics, 2014-15 and 2015-16

For crimes of drug supply, the main Class A drugs seized by Police Scotland in 2015-16 were heroin (74.0 kilograms), cocaine (82.7 kilograms) and crack cocaine (4.2 kilograms). In addition to this they also seized approximately 13,400 ecstasy-type tablets.

Again for crimes of drug supply, the main Class B drugs seized by Police Scotland in 2015-16 were herbal cannabis (413.9 kilograms) and cannabis resin (570.4 kilograms). They also seized nearly 31,400 cannabis plants. For Class C drugs, the main drug seized was diazepam or other benzodiazepines (approximately 1.3 million tablets).

A sample of drug possession crime across 2014-15 and 2015-16 found that nearly two thirds of drug possession crimes involved cannabis, with diazepam being the next most common type of drug seized.

The vast majority of drug possession offenders were male. The average age of an offender was 30 years old, with the majority (65%) being between 20 and 39 years old. 16% of offenders were under 20 years old and 19% were 40 years old or older.

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Source: Drug Seizures and Offender Characteristics, 2014-15 and 2015-16

Notes:

1. The figures for drug supply-related seizures are based on an estimated 92% of crimes as Edinburgh and the Lothians & Scottish borders divisions provided a partial data return. For more information, please see the Data Quality Statement in the Annexes in the Drug Seizures and Offender Characteristics, 2014-15 and 2015-16 bulletin.

Further information:

Drug Seizures and Offender Characteristics, 2014-15 and 2015-16 (Published 27 June 2017)

http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/06/6411