Drug haul is fall­ing

Cannabis and co­caine still lead the list of sub­stances seized by the po­lice in Sur­rey

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - NEWS - By An­nie Gouk

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.

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