Arrest data are not collected centrally by individual offence.
Information taken from the Home Office Court proceedings database showing the number of persons proceeded against for the (a) possession, (b) supply and (c) possession with intent to supply (i) heroin, (ii) cocaine and (iii) cannabis in England and Wales during the period 1996 to 2000 is given in the table.
|Having possession of a controlled drug|
|Heroin||Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 Sec. 5(2)||2,653||3,698||4,819||5,236||5,510|
|Cocaine||Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 Sec. 5(2)||840||1,194||1,829||2,268||2,048|
|Cannabis||Ibid as amended by the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 Sec. 157 Sch.8 part II||14,857||18,940||24,395||24,322||22,303|
|Supplying or offering (or being concerned in) to supply a controlled drug|
|Heroin||Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 Sec. 4(3)||933||1,304||1,486||1,869||1,643|
|Cocaine||Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 Sec. 4(3)||287||342||423||487||437|
|Cannabis||Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 Sec. 4(3)||1,559||1,788||1,830||1,580||1,001|
|Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply|
|Heroin||Misuse of Drugs Act Sec. 5(3)||1,040||1,265||1,411||1,483||1,488|
|Cocaine||Misuse of Drugs Act Sec. 5(3)||370||471||502||578||664|
|Cannabis||Misuse of Drugs Act Sec. 5(3)||2,765||3,275||3,223||2,917||2,194|
Data are given on a principal offence basis