Drug Misuse

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 22nd March 2011.

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Photo of Gavin Brown Gavin Brown Conservative

Question S3W-40353

To ask the Scottish Executive what the average fine was for possessing (a) heroin, (b) cocaine, (c) ecstasy, (d) cannabis and (e) amphetamines in the Lothians region in 2009-10, broken down by sheriff court, and what percentage change was from the previous year.

Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Scottish National Party

The available information is given in the following table.

Average (Mean) Fine (£) for Possession of Selected Drugs1,3, by Sheriff Court2, 2008-09 and 2009-10

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2008-0942009-10
Sheriff Court/DrugNo of FinesMeanNo of FinesMean% Change from 2008-09 to 2009-10
Edinburgh
Cannabis4515459125-19
Heroin6819861194-2
Cocaine7222089204-7
Amphetamines3153318722
Ecstasy34216627527
Haddington
Cannabis13006137-54
Heroin52188163-25
Cocaine235014326-7
Amphetamines002125n/a
Ecstasy11001335235
Linlithgow
Cannabis311212517545
Heroin182032113-44
Cocaine729910214-28
Amphetamines416631671
Ecstasy17001200-71

Notes:

1. Where main offence.

2. Including Justice of the Peace courts.

3. The Criminal History System, from which these data are derived, contains an offence modifier code for a crime or offence which provides additional information for the specific incident as opposed to the actual charge. This code has been used here to identify the type of drug involved in drugs possession offences, however it should be noted that only around half the records on the CHS for drugs offences contain details of the drug(s) involved.

4. The 2008-09 data presented above is based on a revised classification system and so differs from information previously provided.

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