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Justice written question – answered on 14th January 2010.

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Photo of Paul Holmes Paul Holmes Liberal Democrat, Chesterfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) community sentences, (b) fines, (c) custodial sentences and (d) cautions were imposed for drug dealing offences relating to each type of drug in each of the last three years.

Photo of Claire Ward Claire Ward Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice

The requested information is shown in the following tables.

The Number of persons sentenced for drug dealing offences and all types of drugs 2005-07
2005
Absolute Discharge Conditional Discharge Fine Community Sentence Immediate Custody Suspended Sentences Total sentenced
Supply or offering to supply Methamphetamine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cocaine 0 10 14 94 316 15 451
Heroin 0 10 5 301 902 29 1,252
LSD 0 1 0 3 4 0 8
MDMA 0 6 7 59 91 7 172
Crack 0 1 1 57 198 7 265
Methadone 0 1 1 7 6 3 18
Other Class A 0 12 7 142 353 14 529
Amphetamine 1 4 6 22 30 6 71
Other Class B 0 4 1 7 22 3 37
Cannabis 3 22 25 159 135 19 367
Anabolic Steroids 0 1 0 0 3 0 4
Other Class C 0 28 19 75 89 10 223
Ketamine 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unspecified 0 0 0 16 217 6 242
Total 4 100 86 942 2366 119 3,639
Possession with intent to supply
Cocaine 0 5 14 129 748 26 930
Heroin 2 6 5 225 848 19 1,118
LSD 0 0 0 4 5 1 11
MDMA 3 5 8 165 342 25 551
Crack 1 0 7 36 246 10 303
Methadone 0 1 0 3 3 1 8
Other Class A 0 2 5 42 141 6 198
Amphetamine 0 2 7 107 123 14 254
Other Class B 0 1 2 8 5 0 16
Cannabis 0 30 62 526 272 53 950
Anabolic Steroids 0 0 0 2 1 0 4
Other Class C 0 20 28 285 230 43 614
Ketamine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unspecified 0 2 1 12 67 5 87
GBH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 6 74 139 1,544 3,031 203 5,044
2006
Absolute Discharge Conditional Discharge Fine Community Sentence Immediate Custody Suspended Sentences Total sentenced
Supply or offering to supply Methamphetamine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cocaine 0 9 12 69 358 47 502
Heroin 0 6 0 210 810 132 1,166
LSD 0 0 0 1 1 2
MDMA 0 0 14 46 81 22 164
Crack 0 3 4 37 202 23 272
Methadone 0 0 1 5 6 2 14
Other Class A 0 4 2 79 339 37 467
Amphetamine 0 5 2 18 54 10 89
Other Class B 0 1 0 3 3 4 11
Cannabis 0 25 21 118 101 85 352
Anabolic Steroids 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Class C 0 19 13 81 106 54 277
Ketamine 0 0 1 1 0 1 3
Unspecified 0 0 0 8 136 6 160
Total 0 72 70 676 2,196 424 3,479
Possession with intent to supply
Cocaine 1 6 9 94 774 94 986
Heroin 0 4 8 155 847 73 1,101
LSD 0 0 0 0 4 3 8
MDMA 0 3 10 78 256 67 419
Crack 0 1 3 45 231 17 298
Methadone 0 0 0 2 3 3 8
Other Class A 0 0 4 44 145 22 217
Amphetamine 0 8 1 71 109 67 262
Other Class B 0 2 8 4 3 18
Cannabis 0 39 29 378 240 186 884
Anabolic Steroids 0 1 0 1 0 1 3
Other Class C 0 13 17 207 293 202 739
Ketamine 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Unspecified 1 3 7 17 64 12 107
GBH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2 78 90 1,100 2,971 750 5,051
2007
Absolute Discharge Conditional Discharge Fine Community Sentence Immediate Custody Suspended Sentences Total sentenced
Supply or offering to supply Methamphetamine 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Cocaine 0 4 6 70 353 89 526
Heroin 0 6 4 149 829 158 1,159
LSD 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
MDMA 0 5 2 34 73 43 158
Crack 0 0 1 28 206 24 261
Methadone 0 1 0 6 6 2 15
Other Class A 0 3 0 65 339 61 471
Amphetamine 1 1 4 22 23 24 75
Other Class B 0 0 2 2 3 2 10
Cannabis 2 18 29 120 101 77 354
Anabolic Steroids 0 1 0 2 0 1 4
Other Class C 0 14 8 54 65 80 224
Ketamine 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Unspecified 0 0 10 213 10 233
Total 3 53 58 562 2215 571 3,496
Possession with intent to supply
Cocaine 4 5 19 119 837 171 1,165
Heroin 0 4 6 139 877 102 1138
LSD 0 1 2 4 6 2 15
MDMA 1 6 7 87 276 126 509
Crack 0 3 3 46 276 31 364
Methadone 0 0 1 1 1 2 5
Other Class A 0 2 1 38 196 39 277
Amphetamine 0 8 6 44 125 99 283
Other Class B 0 0 0 3 14 2 19
Cannabis 1 12 32 340 232 263 910
Anabolic Steroids 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Other Class C 0 13 23 169 287 252 754
Ketamine 0 1 4 0 0 5
Unspecified 1 2 5 8 40 10 68
GBH 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Total 7 56 106 1,002 3,168 1,100 5,514
Source:

Justice Statistics Analytical Services: Ministry of Justice

The number of offenders cautioned for supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug and possession with intent to supply a controlled drug, by drug type, England and Wales, 2005 to 2007( 1,2,3)
2005 2006 2007
Supplying or offering to supply Methamphetamine - - -
Cocaine 20 41 46
Heroin 31 20 27
LSD 1 4 -
MDMA 22 27 28
Crack 11 6 6
Methadone 8 10 7
Other class A drugs 13 22 25
Amphetamine 10 12 27
Other class B drugs 5 4 3
Cannabis 153 131 130
Anabolic Steroids 1 1 -
Other class C drugs 33 33 37
Ketamine - 1 7
Unspecified 10 3 2
GHB 1 1 -
Total 319 316 345
Having possession with intent to supply
Methamphetamine - - 1
Cocaine 53 91 100
Heroin 34 36 18
LSD - 3 6
MDMA 50 60 60
Crack 20 24 17
Methadone 3 1 3
Other class A drugs 29 32 29
Amphetamine 16 22 23
Other class B drugs 3 5 5
Cannabis 482 490 423
Anabolic Steroids 2 4 1
Other class C drugs 57 51 41
Ketamine - - 8
Unspecified 16 22 27
GHB - - -
Total 765 841 762
(1) From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and warnings. These figures have been included in the totals.

(2) The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been cautioned for two or more offences at the same time the principal offence is the more serious offence.

(3) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Source:

Justice Statistics Analytical Services - Ministry of Justice.

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