Drugs: Smuggling

Home Office written question – answered on 23rd February 2015.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many seizures of controlled drugs of what value have been made by Border Force officials in each year since 2010.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

The number of annual seizures of drugs by Border Force is as follows:

Period Scope of the data collection Number of Seizures

2013-14 National 6,073

2012-13 National 5,898

2011-12 National 3,665

2010-11 England and Wales only * 3,954

2009-10 England and Wales only * 3,948

* Prior to the creation of Border Force in 2012, drugs seizures made by UK Border Agency were reported in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin Seizures of drugs in England and Wales.

These reports present figures for the number of drug seizures made by Police Forces in England and Wales (including the British Transport Police) and drugs seizures made by the UK Border Agency in England and Wales only. Drugs seizures made in Scotland and Northern Ireland were reported separately by Police Scotland and the Police Service Northern Ireland but do not include drugs seizures made by Border Force for those countries.

Border Force does not hold data on the value of drugs seized.

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