Written Answers - Drug Seizures.

Tuesday, 12 April 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 600 No. 1

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  725.  Mr. English  Information on Damien English  Zoom on Damien English   asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform  Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell   if the Garda achieved their target of a 25% increase in the volume of opiates and all other drugs seized by the end of 2004 as set out in the National Drugs Strategy; if he will provide figures of such seizures in each category from 1998 to 2004 inclusive; if the force [478]can achieve the target of a 50% increase in seizures of opiates and all other drugs by end 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10600/05]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  I am informed by the Garda that the data requested by the Deputy is currently only available for the period 2000 to 2003, inclusive. This data is set out in a tabular statement.

Type of Drug 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Heroin 38.3 kgs 16.9 kgs 23.9 kgs 29.5 kgs 16.7 kgs 27.05 kgs
Cocaine 333.2 kgs 85.5 kgs 18 kgs 5.3 kgs 31.7 kgs 107.46 kgs
Cannabis Resin 2157 kgs 2511 kgs 379.8 kgs 567 kgs 3,333 kgs 5,349 kgs
Ecstasy 605,306 tabs and capsules 229,138 tabs and capsules 551,357 tabs and capsules 469,862 tabs and capsules 117,046 tabs and capsules 1,291,812 tabs and capsules
Amphetamine 4780 tabs & 45.426 kgs 12,014 tabs & 13.394 kgs 149 tabs & 5,8 kgs 17,96 kgs 12,728 tabs & 16,43 kgs 1,019 tabs & 67,79 kgs
Diazepam 13,389 tabs 1,833 tabs 1,059 tabs 4,080 tabs 7,216 tabs
Flunitrazepam 361 tabs 339 tabs 236 tabs 71 tabs 21 tabs 125 tabs
Flurazepam 1007 capsules 399 capsules 2,599 capsules 633 capsules 4,886 capsules
Temazepam 440 tabs 108 tabs 50 tabs 58 tabs 306 tabs 32 tabs 104 capsules
Methadone 15.6 lts & 360 tabs 579 tabs & 2,043 ml 294 tabs & 1,731ml 647 tabs & 5,677 ml 252 tabs & 6,966 ml 370 tabs &
3,392 ml

[477]The Deputy will note from these figures that the Garda achieved considerable successes in their drug seizure targets under the Government’s National Drugs Strategy 2001 — 2008. The base year for these targets is 2000. Heroin seizures increased by 13% between 2000 and 2003. The data also shows significant increases in the volumes of cannabis and stimulant drugs seized. The latter include cocaine, amphetamines and ecstasy. Between 2000 and 2003 seizures of these drugs increased by 497%, 1069% and 132%, respectively. The Garda remain fully committed to further increases in drugs seizures for the remaining period of the national drugs strategy.


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