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Saturday 24 February 2018

Seizures and convictions show that cocaine use is still popular

Edel Kennedy

ACROSS 2009 118.26 kilos of cocaine were seized in 635 separate cases.

Figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) also show that year on year, the number of recorded offences rose.

In the first six months of 2003 there were 4,104 offences for drug possession. In the first six months of 2009 the figure stood at 10,842 offences. These offences included everything from minor possession for personal use to major seizures.

The figures also show that in the same period the number of individuals coming before the courts charged with possession has risen from 2,034 in 2003 to 5,469 in the second half of 2009.

And the numbers who are not being convicted of drugs possession has also increased significantly. In the first half of 2003 a total of 295 individuals escaped conviction -- but in the same period in 2009 that number had risen to 3,145.

A breakdown of the figures is not available to show the amount of drugs possessed or the type of drug.

Irish Independent

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