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Drug Seizures and Offender Characteristics, 2017-18
Please note that the above statistical bulletin has now been published.
The Drug Seizures and Offender Characteristics, 2017-18 statistics show that:
The quantity of drugs seized can fluctuate considerably each year and does not necessarily move in line with the number of seizures made. Whilst most drug seizures consist of relatively small quantities (usually possession-related crimes), annual quantities of drugs seized can be greatly influenced by a small number of large seizures (usually from supply-related crimes).
For crimes of drug supply, the main Class A drugs seized by Police Scotland in 2016-17 were heroin (54.1 kilograms), cocaine (120.3 kilograms) and crack cocaine (5.2 kilograms). Police Scotland also seized 8,600 ecstasy-type tablets.
Again for crimes of drug supply the main Class B drugs seized by Police Scotland in 2016-17 were herbal cannabis (347.9 kilograms) and cannabis resin (322.1 kilograms). They also seized over 18,000 cannabis plants. For Class C the main drug seized was diazepam or other benzodiazepines (approximately 2.2 million tablets).
A sample of drug possession crime for 2016-17 estimated that 60% of drug possession crimes involved herbal cannabis or cannabis resin, with 10% each for cocaine and diazepam.
Over 2014-15 to 2016-17, the vast majority of drug possession offenders were male (86%). The median age of an offender was 29 years old, with almost two thirds (65%) being between 20 and 39 years old.
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Source: Drug Seizures and Offender Characteristics, 2017-18
The figures for drug supply-related seizures are based on an estimated 92% of crimes for 2015-16, an 85% return for 2014-15. Data for 2016-17 onwards is based on 100% of drug supply-related crimes. For more information, please see the Data Quality Statement in the Annexes in the Drug Seizures and Offender Characteristics, 2017-18 bulletin.