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Volume 401: debated on Tuesday 18 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what figures his Department has on the volume of heroin trafficked through Kosovo which was received in the United Kingdom in (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002; and how many arrests have been made in Kosovo in respect of such trafficking. [103460]

Analysis of drug movement in Europe suggests that about 80 per cent. of the heroin reaching the United Kingdom is trafficked through the Balkans from its source in Afghanistan. We do not have figures on the volume of heroin trafficked through Kosovo to the UK.United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) Police set up its central Drugs Squad in 2002. Last year it made 434 arrests in Kosovo for possession and trafficking of drugs.