Drug haul is falling
Cannabis and cocaine still lead the list of substances seized by the police in Surrey
COCAINE is Surrey’s most used illegal drug after cannabis, despite a dramatic drop in the amount seized by police last year.
According to the latest data from the Home Office, a total of 1kg of cocaine was seized by police in the region in 2015- 16 – down from nearly 8kg in 2014- 15.
That’s still enough for 20,000 50mg doses of cocaine – or nearly one dose for every 58 people living in Surrey.
It’s a relatively low amount of cocaine seized in comparison to the population, however.
In comparison, a total of 685kg of the class A drug was seized across England – the equivalent of 13.7 million doses, or one for every four people in the country.
A further 3,530 kg of cocaine, or 70.6 million doses, was seized by the UK Border Force from people attempting to smuggle the drug into the country.
In Surrey, only cannabis – the most commonly used illicit drug throughout the world – outstripped cocaine in terms of how much was seized by police.
The next most seized drug in the region after marijuana and cocaine was benzodiazepines, with 1,000 doses taken in by Surrey Police in 2015- 16 – the equivalent of one dose for every 1,169 people in the area.
The quantities of drugs seized in an area do not always reflect the amount of drugs being consumed, but it is an indication of use.
Drugs seized by police are an indicator of usage.