(2) how many detections by HM Revenue and Customs of substantial quantities of class A drugs were referred to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) in the last two years; how many of these cases SOCA decided not to investigate; and what the reasons for decision were in each case.
Since the establishment of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) on 1 April 2006, it has worked closely with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. SOCA does not comment on operational matters but will publish an annual report following the end of the financial year on the exercise of its functions during the year.
Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) does not refer drug importation cases notified to it by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to police forces. HMRC drug detections notified to SOCA by HMRC that are not adopted by SOCA are for HMRC to action as they consider appropriate.