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PSNI Statistics Branch. (2020) Police recorded drug seizures and arrests in Northern Ireland: update to 31 March 2020. Belfast: PSNI Statistics Branch.

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The number of drug seizure incidents and drug-related arrests recorded by the police have shown an upwards trend since 2006/07. Figures for the latest 12 months confirm that this upwards trend is continuing. 

In 12 months from 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020:

  • There were 8,177 drug seizure incidents, an increase of 616 (8.1 per cent) on the previous 12 months.
  • Higher levels of seizure incidents were seen across Class B and Class C drugs, with a slight fall in Class A.
  • Cannabis (Class B) was the most commonly seized drug, followed by benzodiazepines (Class C) and cocaine (Class A).
  • All but two policing districts showed an increase in drug seizure incidents.
  • There were 3,819 drug-related arrests, an increase of 501 (15.1 per cent) when compared with the previous 12 months.
  • Nine policing districts showed an increase in drug-related arrests, with Belfast City showing the largest increase.

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