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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 72 - Drugs seizures [22711/15]. (11 Jun 2015)

72. Deputy Pearse Dohertyasked the Minister for Finance the value of illegal drugs destroyed by the Customs and Excise for each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22711/15]


Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that the values of the illegal drugs which have been seized in each of the past five years are set out in the table. The values are estimated at the time of seizure and before full forensic analysis is complete. 




Value of Illegal Drugs Seized












Illegal drugs seized by Revenue's Customs service are destroyed in consultation with An Garda Síochána and the Forensic Liaison Office of Forensic Science Ireland.   Drugs seized by Revenue that are required for evidence in criminal investigations are held until judicial proceedings are complete. In these circumstances the drugs may not be destroyed in the same year as they are seized.

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